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
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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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Cite this Entry

“Vie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 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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