\ 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

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Event representatives like Anderson must break this bad news to the cooks, who are all vying for the title of Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion, as well as awards for each category. Sarah Kuta, The Denver Post, "Barbecue becomes a competitive sport as cooks go to great lengths to win the Colorado BBQ Challenge," 6 June 2019 Actors like Norman Reedus, Jason Schwartzman and Peter Sarsgaard were among those who vied for roles but ultimately weren't cast, according to Liberman. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "'Band of Brothers' was a casting feat for the ages," 6 June 2019 But doing so will require fresh thinking and a real commitment to reform—qualities noticeably missing among the city’s permanent political class and the baker’s dozen of candidates vying to be the next mayor. Aaron M. Renn, WSJ, "A Mad Dash for City Hall in the Windy City," 22 Feb. 2019 Since there could be upward of 20 candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, Perez noted that early 2019 debates could be split into two consecutive nights, with candidates randomly assigned to each evening. Li Zhou, Vox, "The Democratic National Committee just outlined its primary debate schedule for 2020," 20 Dec. 2018 As the campaign speeches and bus tours draw to an end, all five of the Democratic candidates vying for Florida GOP Gov. Rick Scott’s seat are scrambling for every last vote ahead of Tuesday's primary. …. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump folds on flag," 27 Aug. 2018 Steve Watkins, an Army veteran who has competed in the Iditarod, is one of seven candidates vying for the Republican nomination for the open seat in Kansas’ 2nd congressional district. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "Kansas candidate’s father spends $100,000 in effort to get son elected to Congress," 3 July 2018 Several candidates vying for two open seats on the Board of Supervisors that will be decided in November based their campaigns, in part, on spending down the cash reserves. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Flush with cash, San Diego County is poised to adopt its biggest budget in history," 25 June 2018 This looming European deadline has aviation industry vendors vying for the best solution, and Honeywell has emerged as the champion of using connectivity to preserve flight data. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Why We Need a New Black Box," 7 May 2019

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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


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

Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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to take the place or position of

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