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

  • n. A contest for superiority; competition; rivalry; strife; also, a challenge; a wager.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Short for Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invītāre, to invite, give occasion for; see invite.

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From French envier.


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  • C'est la vie. Totally.

    November 16, 2008