- competing; contending: All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.
- present participle of vie.
Origin of vying
- 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
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Related Wordscontend, strive, buck, play, contest, rival, challenge, counter, oppose, struggle, push, pit, match, sweat
Examples from the Web for vying
But this year, instead of simply voting against Boehner on Tuesday, at least two members of the group are vying to replace him.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
Some are hung by individuals who are vying for membership within the Chinese Communist Party.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
According to media reports, Amazon, 21st Century Fox, Hearst, and Condé Nast are all vying to acquire StyleHaul.Inside StyleHaul, the Largest Fashion Network on YouTube You’ve Never Heard Of
August 24, 2014
Eldridge is vying for a seat in upstate New York against two-term incumbent Republican Chris Gibson.Sean Eldridge, Husband of Facebook Mogul Chris Hughes, Running For Congress
September 23, 2013
Each country is vying to rope Afghanistan into its sphere of influence.‘We Killed Sushmita Banerjee’ Says Renegade Taliban Militia
Sami Yousafzai, Ron Moreau
September 14, 2013
The colonel had to eat, in vying admiration of Jeff, ravenous from his day's walk.The Prisoner
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.The Spoilers of the Valley
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
- the present participle of vie
- competingtwo vying patriarchs
- (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
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).