1. competing; contending: All vying swimmers come to the judge’s desk.


  1. present participle of vie.

verb (used without object), vied, vy·ing.

  1. 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.

  1. Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
  2. Obsolete. to stake in card playing.


  1. the present participle of vie


  1. competingtwo vying patriarchs

verb vies, vying or vied

  1. (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
  2. (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).

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