\ 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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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 teacher at Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School was one of five finalists vying for the award. Leslie Postal,, "Florida's Teacher of the Year: Glades teacher wins top honor," 14 July 2018 The Overwatch title came out in 2016 and its popularity led to the creation of a professional league, with players vying in a cartoonish shooting game to control points on a map. Christopher Palmeri,, "ESPN to air Overwatch League finals as esports go prime time," 12 July 2018 Work remains -- as does the very competition that tempered Adebayo's rookie-season minutes, with Hassan Whiteside, Kelly Olynyk, James Johnson and possibly even Justise Winslow (and perhaps Carmelo Anthony) all vying for time in the power rotation. Ira Winderman,, "Bam Adebayo leaving Heat with both questions, answers in summer league," 12 July 2018 Fox already owns 39% of Sky and is vying to consolidate ownership. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Comcast Raises Sky Offer After Fox Sweetened Its Bid," 12 July 2018 With the signings of Fabinho and Naby Keita, plus the likes of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already vying for places, Wijnaldum looks set be scrapping for first team minutes next season., "Georginio Wijnaldum Eyeing Liverpool Exit Amid Reports of Reunion With Former Manager at Fenerbahce," 11 July 2018 Per the premise of the new show, a bachelor or bachelorette is hidden from view while being introduced to 10 people vying for their love. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Bachelor Alum Christen 'Scallop Fingers' Whitney Calls The Proposal Her 'Cringiest' Experience," 3 July 2018 Zyburski is one of five people vying for the six-year judicial seat. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb attorney accused in drug case to stop campaigning for judgeship," 3 July 2018 Of those three safe Democratic wins, one candidate was an incumbent and one was vying for a seat where the incumbent was retiring. NBC News, "Bernie Sanders-backed nominees score wins, but in longshot races," 1 July 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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Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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