\ 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 final season of Veep has the interesting circumstance of airing while six women vie to become the Democratic candidate for president. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Political Fashion Doesn’t Look Like Veep—But Maybe It Should," 1 Apr. 2019 Lady Gaga is a double nominee at the Academy Awards, where rapper Kendrick Lamar is nominated for the first time while songwriter Diane Warren is also vying for her first win with her 10th nomination. Mesfin Fekadu, The Seattle Times, "Oscar music nods: Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Diane Warren," 22 Jan. 2019 Walmart will also be a top-three winner in toy sales, vying with Target and Amazon. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Look to These Five Retailers to Bring Holiday Cheer," 14 Dec. 2018 While 32 teams vie for the FIFA World Cup trophy, certain officials will be relegated to two small rooms just outside of Moscow, tasked with watching video monitors of the matches. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "World Cup to use VAR technology for first time: What is it?," 13 June 2018 Levi Sanders is in a crowded field of nine Democrats and three Republicans, all vying to fill the seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter. Matt Viser,, "Bernie Sanders hasn’t endorsed his candidate son," 7 June 2018 The habitat element of the gateway is not its first part in play, although Sierra Nevada Corp. is also vying for that contract as well. Richard Tribou,, "Sierra Nevada Corp. releases video for Lunar Orbital Platform concept," 18 May 2018 The Srivijaya empire, a formidable maritime power based on Sumatra, was in decline, and other coastal powers in the region were vying for its former supremacy. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "An 800-year-old label may rewrite the history of a Java Sea shipwreck," 16 May 2018 The Tucson Roadrunners are in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and vying for the 2018 Calder Cup. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Tucson Roadrunners win playoff debut against San Jose Barracuda," 19 Apr. 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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