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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: envier 'to invite, challenge', from Latin invitare; INVITE1

vie

verb
     
vie past tense and past participle vied, present participle vying, third person singular vies [intransitive]
to compete very hard with someone in order to get something
vie for
Simon and Julian were vying for her attention all through dinner.
vie with
There are at least twenty restaurants vying with each other for custom.
vie to do something
All the photographers vied to get the best pictures.

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