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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.
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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Examples from the web for vied
  • 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.
  • Politicians and journalists vied in their adjectives for the retired admiral: brilliant, shrewd, masterful.
  • Wu said that the company would stress two features as it vied for consumers and merchant partners.
  • Successive governments vied with each other to win votes by building houses.
  • Instead different cities, from coast to coast, vied and continue to vie for those distinctions.
  • In the early decades of the twentieth century, unions and management vied for control of garment workers.
  • Cities vied for the opportunity to house the state capital for the power, prestige, and economic benefit that accompanied it.
British Dictionary definitions for vied


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 vied



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

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