- to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
- Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
- Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
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
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Examples from the Web for vies
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
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.Old Fritz and the New Era
- Southern African slang angry, furious, or disgusted
- (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
- (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
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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