\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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In all, five candidates are vying for three at-large seats. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 Three candidates are vying for the nomination: Boise businessman and school district trustee AJ Balukoff; Emmett organic farmer and attorney Peter Dill; and North Idaho former tribal council and state Legislature member Paulette Jordan. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "May primary gives Democrats the most choices for governor since 1998 | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018 Congo’s east is home to many armed groups vying for control of the mineral-rich region. Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Seattle Times, "Suspected rebels kill 18 in Congo’s east amid Ebola," 24 Sep. 2018 Contestants vying for the mirrorball trophy this time include Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider, Olympian Mary Lou Retton, and The Facts of Life star Nancy McKeon. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "How and When to Watch and Stream ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27," 23 Sep. 2018 On the comedy side, the nominations field is especially crowded, with eight series vying for the main prize. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Emmy nominations 2018: the complete list," 15 Sep. 2018 The winning bidder will be chosen from among three teams of finalists that have been vying for the job for more than a year. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Gordie Howe bridge building team to be announced Thursday morning," 4 July 2018 Rookie Rashaan Gaulden leads a list of young players vying for time behind Adams and Searcy. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Minicamp is over, but 4 big Panthers position battles must be settled in Spartanburg," 15 June 2018 Brothel owner and reality TV star wins primary In a race that perhaps could only take place in Nevada, a brothel owner Denis Hof won his bid for GOP nominee vying for a Nevada State Assembly seat. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Key takeaways from Tuesday night's primaries," 13 June 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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