\ 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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Other Words from vie

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 region quickly became a proxy for both the United States and the Soviet Union, with each country supporting various factions vying for power. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "That Time a CIA Spyplane Had to Dodge a Spear During the Cold War," 14 Jan. 2019 Eighteen other candidates vied for one of three seats available on the Board of Education. Jackie Fielder, Teen Vogue, "Gabriela López Just Became the Youngest Elected Official in San Francisco," 11 Jan. 2019 But government officials have limited time, constrained budgets, and a host of competing priorities vying for their attention. Meagan Neal, Vox, "It’s hard to design good policies. This simple idea can help governments do it.," 21 Dec. 2018 The contestant vied for Luyendyk Jr.'s heart despite their 14-year age difference. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "'Bachelor' star Bekah Martinez announces 'dream come true' pregnancy," 12 Sep. 2018 Free traders, anti-war Ukrainians, environmentalists and rainbow flag-waving gay rights supporters all vied for attention from the world’s media. Jamey Keaten, The Seattle Times, "Finland protests: Human rights for all _ and save the planet," 16 July 2018 Three candidates vied for two seats in the Anderson Trustee race - incumbents Andrew Pappas and Josh Gerth and challenger Marek Tyszkiewicz, a former Democratic candidate for the U.S. House. Sheila Vilvens,, "Social media problems: Freedom of speech in Anderson Township, elsewhere, at odds with publics' expectations," 10 Apr. 2018 Over time, TPG, Menlo Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, Goldman Sachs, Fidelity, and SoftBank vied to become Uber investors. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "At Uber, a New C.E.O. Shifts Gears," 30 Mar. 2018 This year 37,103 students vied for 33,167 medical residencies nationally, the most ever offered, according to the National Resident Matching Program. Andrea K. Mcdaniels,, "Baltimore's medical students celebrate years of hard work at Match Day," 15 Mar. 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 \
vied; vying

Kids Definition of vie

: compete Players vie for prizes.

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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