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[vahy-ing] /ˈvaɪ ɪŋ/
competing; contending:
All vying swimmers come to the judge's desk.
present participle of vie.
Origin of vying
vie + -ing2
Related forms
vyingly, adverb
unvying, adjective


[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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  • Those vying for elected office, however, are reluctant to sign on to this agenda.
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  • In a bleak employment market, with too many candidates vying for too few jobs, standing out from the crowd is not easy.
  • But so have other nearby males, which also begin singing lovelorn tunes-all of them vying for this one lady in the treetops.
  • But the factions have since fought each other sporadically, vying for supremacy.
British Dictionary definitions for vying


the present participle of vie
competing: two vying patriarchs


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 vying



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

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