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  1. competing; contending: All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.
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  1. present participle of vie.
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Origin of vying

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


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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Related Words

contend, strive, buck, play, contest, rival, challenge, counter, oppose, struggle, push, pit, match, sweat

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  • 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


  1. the present participle of vie
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  1. competingtwo vying patriarchs
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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 vying



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

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