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

vies (fiːs)
slang (South African) angry, furious, or disgusted

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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
There have been many vies present in this debate and it would be foolish to say that either side does not hold merit.
Pessimism vies with vitality for command of the national consciousness.
Religiosity-intensity of faith and frequency of church attendance-now vies with race as a partisan predictor.
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