\ 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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Marie Claire went to the Capitol to capture the historic moment by interviewing and photographing the female politicians vying to be leader of the free world. Marie Claire, "One of These Women Could Be Our Next President," 21 Feb. 2019 Hyde-Smith defeated Democrat Mike Espy, who was vying to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction, during Tuesday’s runoff. Emily Wagster Pettus, The Seattle Times, "Divisive race ends with Republican Hyde-Smith victory," 28 Nov. 2018 Goal confirmed that three Champions League clubs had been vying for the 16-year-old's signature, but Dortmund's reputation for developing young talent meant that their offer held the most sway for Bafounta and his family., "Borussia Dortmund Beat Manchester United & Inter to Sign 'New Pogba' Kamal Bafounta," 6 July 2018 Both opted to go to the petitioning route instead of competing in the convention scrum, where nine Republicans had been vying for the endorsement. Neil Vigdor,, "Sliver Of GOP Electorate Could Decide Nominee In Five-Way Republican Primary," 21 June 2018 The most competitive choice for Democrats appears to be the battle between Clark County commissioners vying to be Nevada's first Democratic governor in two decades. Thomas Beaumont And Bill Barrow,, "Trump a factor as 5 states hold primary elections," 12 June 2018 The company is ramping up its investments in original content to vie with the streaming ambitions of its rivals, such as , Apple , Hulu and HBO. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Investors Are Chill About Netflix Price Increases," 15 Jan. 2019 Voting is simpler than ever, as there are four different ways to vie for your favorite performances. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "'The Voice' Is Starting the Live Playoffs: Here's How to Vote for Your Favorite Artists," 12 Nov. 2018 Still, Avenatti has so far managed to stand out among the senators, governors and mayors expected to vie for the Democratic presidential nomination. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "Democrats warily eye Avenatti’s flirtation with 2020 bid," 9 Oct. 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


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

Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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