from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To strive for victory or superiority; contend. See Synonyms at rival.
- transitive v. Archaic To offer in competition; match.
- transitive v. Obsolete To wager or bet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To rival; to struggle for superiority; to contend; to compete eagerly so as to gain something.
- v. To rival (something), etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To stake a sum upon a hand of cards, as in the old game of gleek. See revie.
- intransitive v. To strive for superiority; to contend; to use emulous effort, as in a race, contest, or competition.
- transitive v. To stake; to wager.
- transitive v. To do or produce in emulation, competition, or rivalry; to put in competition; to bandy.
- n. A contest for superiority; competition; rivalry; strife; also, a challenge; a wager.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In the old games of gleek, primero, etc., to wager on the value of one's hand against an opponent.
- To strive for superiority; endeavor to be equal or superior (to); contend; rival: followed by with, and said of persons or things.
- To offer as a stake, as in cardplaying; play as for a wager with.
- To put or bring into competition; bandy; try to outdo in; contend with respect to.
- n. A contest for superiority, especially a close or keen contest; a contention in the way of rivalry; hence, sometimes, a state where it would be difficult to decide as to which party had the advantage; also, a challenge; a wager.
- n. Life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others
Short for Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invītāre, to invite, give occasion for; see invite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French envier. (Wiktionary)