\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Ohio congressman Tim Ryan represents Lordstown and is vying for the Democratic presidential nod. CBS News, "UAW hits GM with nationwide strike," 16 Sep. 2019 As the new school year begins, Bostian and Scout leaders across the country are vying for the future of an organization facing unprecedented threats from several corners. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Kayla Epstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Lawsuits. Possible bankruptcy. Declining members. Is there a future for the Boy Scouts?," 14 Sep. 2019 Brook Park In order to secure a spot on the Nov. 5 ballot, four Democrats first must vie for three available at-large city council slots during a Sept. 10 primary election. Beth Mlady,, "November ballot will decide numerous municipal posts in Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Hts.," 24 Aug. 2019 Philadelphia is a very competitive market, with several large academic health systems all offering state-of-the-art facilities and vying for patients with private insurance plans. Lydia Depillis, CNN, "Buy a failing hospital and profit. This could be a dangerous new playbook for rich investors," 29 July 2019 Ryan Grant and Hunter Renfrow are competing for snaps in the slot and Marcell Ateman, Keon Hatcher and Keelan Doss are also vying for a role behind Brown and Tyrell Williams. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders practice report: J.J. Nelson flashes; rookie DEs get positive reviews," 28 July 2019 First pitch will be approximately 11 a.m. The Bronco teams are vying for a berth to the World Series in Laredo next week. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pickle juice, balk call give Deer Park 10s No. 3 seed; 12s secure No. 2 seed," 26 July 2019 The 53rd Governor’s Cup, hosted by Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, begins on Monday and runs through Saturday, and a fleet of 12 skippers will vie for their first victory in the event. Andrew Turner,, "Youth match racing skippers sail for stardom in 53rd Governor’s Cup," 13 July 2019 Five finalists, narrowed from a field of 65, are vying for a chunk of $300,000 in start-up cash and other forms of business development support. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Cowboys' LB Jaylon Smith’s passion play away from football is to boost business dreams," 11 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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2 Nov 2019

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

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How to pronounce vie (audio)

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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