\ ˈvī How to pronounce vie (audio) \
vied; vying\ ˈvī-​iŋ How to pronounce vie (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 vie (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
Recent Examples on the Web Colorado isn't just expected to vie for the West Division crown. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Colorado shreds Wild 5-1 in first of four games between rivals," 30 Jan. 2021 The lack of transparency in California and across the country comes as the industry continues to vie for additional government funding, saying the cost of patient care during the coronavirus crisis has soared. Washington Post, "Profit and pain: How California’s largest nursing home chain amassed millions as scrutiny mounted," 31 Dec. 2020 The story of the Giants’ drought-breaking World Series championship in 2010 is certainly the story of Buster Posey, the National League Rookie of the Year and a catalyst for a club that was not expected to vie for a title. Henry Schulman,, "10 Giants from 2010: Buster Posey reflects on great rookie season, winning title at 23," 21 Dec. 2020 Coleman cited the example of a parlor game in which people vie to double a sheet of ordinary printer paper as many times as possible. Mike Masterson, Arkansas Online, "MASTERSON ONLINE: An exponential virus," 28 Nov. 2020 Tyler Shough and Anthony Brown continue to vie for the starting job, though by all accounts the redshirt-sophomore has gotten the overwhelming majority of the reps with the first-team offense. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks’ starting QB still to be decided," 30 Oct. 2020 Three East Jefferson candidates will vie for the Louisiana House of Representatives seat that opened earlier this month when incumbent Republican Charles Henry quit after one year in office. Staff Report,, "These three candidates seek open East Jefferson seat in Louisiana House," 27 Jan. 2021 Sean Dollars, Trey Benson and Seven McGee will vie for more time in a less crowded backfield. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks RB Cyrus Habibi-Likio enters transfer portal," 23 Jan. 2021 Plenty of words and phrases can vie for the most-used this year. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Four ways to bring self-care to your holiday dining," 27 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of vie was in the 15th century

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3 Mar 2021

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“Vie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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