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Vie \Vie\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vied; p. pr. & vb. n. Vying.] [OE. vien, shortened fr. envien, OF. envier to invite, to challenge, a word used in gambling, L. invitare to invite; of uncertain origin. Cf. Invite, Envie.]

  1. To stake a sum upon a hand of cards, as in the old game of gleek. See Revie. [Obs.]

  2. To strive for superiority; to contend; to use emulous effort, as in a race, contest, or competition.

    In a trading nation, the younger sons may be placed in such a way of life as . . . to vie with the best of their family.

    While Waterloo with Cann[ae]'s carnage vies.


vb. (en-past of: vie)

Usage examples of "vied".

There were several flurries as two fire lizards vied forthe same choice morsel.

For a Rraladoonan it was a coming of age ritual but hunter-mentalities of all ages vied to meet that challenge.

Baldus and another coper vied with each other, promising that more beautiful, stronger animals would be brought up from lush pastures farther from Burtigala so that the noble lords would have the most suitable beasts available.

Physical therapy and physical exercise, mental therapy and mental calisthenics all vied with the more regular curricula of other schools.

Struggling to find equilibrium after such a terrible loss, Kincaid had welcomed the assignment to the Valparaiso in an effort to distance himself from increasingly painful memories-- only to find himself torn in two directions by the officers who vied for his company.

She also started emitting what must be her mating pheromones, for the two males, generally as languid as she, got quite excited--for them--and vied to stuff food into her maw and then to fertilize her by agitated stroking of her egg-bulb.

The smell of freshly baked bread vied with the smells of oil, diesel fuel, and unwashed bodies.

No matter whose bronze flew Wirenth, the rider would have Brekke and the thought of anyone who had vied for Kylara's bed favor making love to Brekke irritated the brown rider.

The harbor was superb, and several Masterfishermen vied with each other for Master Idarolan’s permission to take hold there.

Italy and Gaul vied with each other in liberal contributions to the public service.

Tall grasses of browned seedheads vied against fireweed with sprung and fluffy seedpods.

The pain in my back and shoulders from supporting his weight vied with the dull throbbing in my head.

The Prince’s betrothal to the unpredictable Narcheska and his ridiculous ‘quest’, the problem of the Witted, the political unrest of the Piebalds, her contentious nobles and even Bingtown with its war and dragons all vied for her attention.

The old man, the golden lord, the prince and the idiot stared down at me, and in their gazes awe mingled with fear and satisfaction vied with regret.

It was his will that had sustained the Farseer throne in the days when King Shrewd was failing and his two remaining sons vied for his throne.