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

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 How to pronounce vier (audio) \ 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 All of them vie for coveted space in the nation's convenience stores and roughly 5 million vending machines, says Kai, the JSDA spokeswoman. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "The 'Sweat' you drink: Inside the meteoric rise of Asia's answer to Gatorade," 1 Aug. 2020 Both parties are running primaries to see who will vie to replace outgoing Democratic incumbent JoCasta Zamarripa on the near south side district. Oren Oppenheim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Voter guide: What you should know for the Aug. 11 primary elections in Wisconsin," 31 July 2020 The Tigers have a handful of players who will vie for those four other spots in preseason camp, but the group is overall short on game experience. Tom Green |, al, "What to know about Auburn as 2020’s expanded preseason gets underway," 13 July 2020 With Ben Roethlisberger returning from an elbow injury after missing 14 games in 2019, Hodges will vie with Mason Rudolph for the backup role. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Cam Newton arrives in New England – in stripes – to complete NFL QB circle," 4 July 2020 The end result is that all identity groups that are not heterosexual white males are pitted against each other to vie for representation and voice in leadership. Ruth S. Shim, STAT, "Structural racism is why I’m leaving organized psychiatry," 1 July 2020 Rivals Microsoft and Amazon, on the other hand, have heavily invested in the technology in an effort to vie for government contracts. Washington Post, "The Technology 202: 'Make the hire. Send the wire' has emerged as a rallying cry for Silicon Valley's black leaders," 3 June 2020 The continuing struggle for Hong Kong’s future is being fought not only between police and demonstrators for control of the streets, but also online in the digital sphere, as Beijing and protesters vie for control of the political narrative. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, "Who should judge what's true? Tackling social media's global impact.," 8 June 2020 Stein reported Tuesday that Orlando is in the lead, while Las Vegas is still vying for inclusion as a host site. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Orlando, Disney World reportedly emerging as frontrunner to host reopened NBA," 20 May 2020

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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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5 Aug 2020

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“Vie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vie

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


\ ˈvī How to pronounce vie (audio) \
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Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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