vied; vying ˈvī-iŋ How to pronounce vie (audio)

intransitive verb

: to strive for superiority : contend, compete

transitive verb

archaic : wager, hazard
also : to exchange in rivalry : match
vier 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
Recent Examples on the Web Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny John Williams (Disney) Williams, who lands his 54th total Oscar nomination, scored the fifth and last installment of the Indiana Jones series and will be vying for his sixth Oscar. Paul Grein, Billboard, 13 Feb. 2024 By Megan McCluskey February 11, 2024 9:13 PM EST While Travis Kelce is busy vying for his second Super Bowl title in a row, his brother, Jason Kelce, has a more relaxed role to play in this year's big game: chatting it up with Taylor Swift and her squad. Megan McCluskey, TIME, 12 Feb. 2024 But Oscar producers are encouraged that beloved and widely seen movies will be vying for Hollywood’s top honors. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 That leaves three contestants vying for second place: Garvey and Schiff’s fellow Democratic House members Barbara Lee and Katie Porter. Politics Schiff’s latest ad boosts Republican Senate rival Steve Garvey. Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Last month, Swift traveled to Beverly Hills to attend the Golden Globes ceremony, where Eras Tour, directed by Sam Wrench, was among the movies vying for the first-ever award for best cinematic and box office achievement. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 The large field of contenders is vying to succeed Kevin McCarty, who was elected to represent the city in the Assembly’s District 6 in 2014 and is now running for mayor. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 All the drugs vying for FDA approval will have to be given under professional supervision, typically during several therapy sessions lasting about six to eight hours each. Matthew Perrone, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 The lineup ranged from Shania Twain, Sammy Hagar and Goo Goo Dolls to Lainey Wilson, Jason Isbell and show-stealing husband-and-wife singers Michael and Tanya Trotter, who perform as The War & Treaty and are vying for Best New Artist honors at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of vie was in the 15th century

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“Vie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


vied; vying ˈvī-iŋ How to pronounce vie (audio)
: to strive to win over another : contend
candidates vying with each other for the voter's support
vier noun

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