competing; contending: All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.


present participle of vie.

Origin of vying

Related formsvy·ing·ly, adverbun·vy·ing, adjective



verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.

to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.

verb (used with object), vied, vy·ing.

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
Related formsvi·er, nounout·vie, verb (used with object), out·vied, out·vy·ing.

Synonyms for vie

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Examples from the Web for vying

Contemporary Examples of vying

Historical Examples of vying

  • The colonel had to eat, in vying admiration of Jeff, ravenous from his day's walk.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • Far from that, her rivals were vying with each other in their strivings to maintain peace.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • They buy, and buy, and buy––vying each other in their daring.

  • Bright as was the moon, many of the stars were to be seen also, vying with her in splendour.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • So they continued, vying with each other, and increasing in efficiency.

    The Surprises of Life

    Georges Clemenceau

British Dictionary definitions for vying



the present participle of vie


competingtwo vying patriarchs


verb vies, vying or vied

(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
Derived Formsvier, nounvying, adjective, noun

Word Origin for vie

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



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

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