\ ˈvī \
vied; vying\ ˈvī-​iŋ \

Definition of vie

intransitive verb

: to strive for superiority : contend, compete

transitive verb

archaic : wager, hazard also : to exchange in rivalry : match

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Other Words from vie

vier \ ˈvī(-​ə)r \ noun

Examples of vie in a Sentence

They are vying to win the championship for the third year in a row. vied with his colleagues for the coveted promotion

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The Russian Orthodox Church, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the largest and wealthiest Orthodox church, has long vied with the Ecumenical Patriarchate for primacy. James Marson, WSJ, "New Ukrainian Church Officially Recognized, Gains Independence From Russia," 6 Jan. 2019 Federici has been third choice at the Vitality Stadium for the past couple of seasons, having vied with Asmir Begovic and Artur Boruc for a starting berth down on the south coast., "Stoke Confirm Signing of Adam Federici From Bournemouth on Two-Year Deal," 3 July 2018 The ritual is, after all, older than the major leagues, a relic of the 19th century, when baseball still vied with cricket as America’s favorite sporting pastime. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Throw Out a Ceremonial First Pitch," 3 July 2018 But during a five-year stint as CEO, Krzanich upended Intel’s executive mentoring approach and pushed out several internal leaders, some of whom vied with him for the top job., "Intel CEO Krzanich resigns after relationship with employee," 21 June 2018 Truly spicing up the evening was an enthusiastic live auction where guests were vying with each other for the highest final bid. Jane Napier Neely,, "The Valley Line: YMCA of the Foothills, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy enjoy great turnouts for their respective May events," 22 May 2018 In the selectmen’s race, incumbent Joseph DiRocco Jr. is vying with John Joyce and Philippe Thibault. John Laidler,, "Selectman’s race tops Dracut election ballot," 3 May 2018 But for companies vying for attention in the competitive mobile industry, the oppo-tunity to jump on the bandwagon is too good to pass up. James Vincent, The Verge, "Oppo says it will share more info about a possible foldable phone next February," 29 Nov. 2018 With a variety of companies like Rocket Lab, Iridium Next, LeoSat and Open Cosmos vying alongside SpaceX to make satellite launches cheaper and more efficient, the issue of crowding has become a cause for concern. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Gets FCC Approval to Launch 7,000 New Internet Satellites," 15 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of vie

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for vie

Middle English, short for envien, from Anglo-French envier to invite, call on, challenge, from Latin invitare to invite

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English Language Learners Definition of vie

: to compete with others in an attempt to get or win something


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vied; vying

Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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a complex dispute or argument

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