verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.
- 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, vy·ing.
- Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
- Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
verb vies, vying or vied
- (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
- (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie “make a challenge,” from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).