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.

1525–35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite

vier, noun
outvie, verb (used with object), outvied, outvying.

1. compete, contest, struggle. Unabridged
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vie (vaɪ)
vb , vies, vying, vied
1.  (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
2.  archaic (tr) to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
[C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite]
adj, —n

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Word Origin & History

1565, aphetic form of M.E. envie "make a challenge," from O.Fr. envier, from L. invitare (see invite).
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Example sentences
Woe to any other dog that tried to enter it, but they vied for it.
King and cardinal vied with one another in splendour and ingenuity.
They vied with one another in scrutinizing, commenting, disputing.
They each grabbed the bread with both hands, and at the signal vied to break
  off the bigger piece.
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