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[vahy] /vaɪ/
verb (used without object), vied, vying.
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, vying.
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 forms
vier, noun
outvie, verb (used with object), outvied, outvying.
1. compete, contest, struggle. Unabridged
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  • Pratinas, the contemporary of Aeschylus, did not long attempt to vie with his mighty rival in his own line 12.

  • People seemed to vie with each other in giving away their property.

  • Duplessis made no pretensions to vie with the magnificent existence of Louvier.

    The Parisians, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • The fish seemed to vie with one another in falling upon the bait.

    Follow My leader Talbot Baines Reed
  • The commons seemed to vie with the lords in their zeal for the government.

  • Teach us that to vie is not to rival, and to imitate not to invent.

    The Young Duke Benjamin Disraeli
  • Cardinal, oriole, tawny thrush and gold-finch seemed to vie with each other in pouring forth the sweetest melody.

    Bee and Butterfly Lucy Foster Madison
  • No other mountain region in the world can vie with it in awe-inspiring beauty.

    From Pole to Pole Sven Anders Hedin
  • The simple people around could not vie with the grandeur of the Pells, and did not try to do so.

    Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood
British Dictionary definitions for vie


verb vies, vying, vied
(intransitive; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
(transitive) (archaic) to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
Derived Forms
vier, noun
vying, 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 vie

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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