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verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.
  1. to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
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verb (used with object), vied, vy·ing.
  1. Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
  2. Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
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Origin of vie

1525–35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite
Related formsvi·er, nounout·vie, verb (used with object), out·vied, out·vy·ing.


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Historical Examples

  • In his hospitality the Caucasian vies with the Arab of the desert.

    Life of Schamyl

    John Milton Mackie

  • The crimson topaz, or ara humming-bird (Topaza pella), vies with it in beauty.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • It produces oil, and the wine Monarites, which vies with the wines of Greece.

  • It is a salad that vies with Cleopatra in its defiance to custom.

    The Feasts of Autolycus

    Elizabeth Robins Pennell

  • She causes flowers to grow at her pleasure, and vies with Nature.

British Dictionary definitions for vies


  1. Southern African slang angry, furious, or disgusted
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Word Origin



verb vies, vying or vied
  1. (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
  2. (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
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Derived Formsvier, nounvying, adjective, noun

Word Origin

C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for vies



1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).

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