\ 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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The selection marks the second time that the city has tapped hometown firms from five finalists vying for the lucrative O’Hare expansion contracts. Blair Kamin,, "Column: Chicago picks Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to design two satellite concourses for O’Hare expansion," 8 July 2019 Beautiful from here—the obedience to the grid, the vying against it. Mary Gaitskill, The New Yorker, "This Is Pleasure," 8 July 2019 Meanwhile, the report adds that Everton are set to sanction another loan move for attacking midfielder Kieran Dowell, with Huddersfield and Wigan the two clubs vying for his signature., "Fabian Delph Subject of Everton Interest as Toffees Consider Swoop for Man City Midfielder," 7 July 2019 The 0-0 score at halftime was largely due to the Netherlands’ goalkeeper, Sari van Veenedaal, as the Dutch team vied for its first World Cup title. Kathy Ehrich Dowd, Time, "Team USA Triumphs Again at the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup Final," 7 July 2019 The merger announcement, made in 2015, sparked a race among states, including Indiana, vying to be the seat of DowDuPont's headquarters. Alexandria Burris, Indianapolis Star, "Indy spent $30M to keep Corteva’s 1,000-plus jobs, but company cagey about the future," 7 July 2019 At the same time, prospective challengers vying to be the Democratic presidential nominee are adopting ever-leftier ideas. The Economist, "What caused the shameful scenes at America’s southern border?," 6 July 2019 Then, in the marina: nine cage dive operators vying to attract customers with their oversize signs. William Mckeever,, "Summer on the Cape means shark panic. But what if we embraced these majestic fish, instead of pushing them away?," 3 July 2019 Today, women vote in higher numbers than men, 117 women were elected or appointed to Congress in 2018, and six are vying for the Democratic presidential nomination. Byron Mccauley,, "The day a Reds-Mets game played a role in the suffrage movement," 2 July 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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