\ 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
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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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“Vie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vie

: to compete with others in an attempt to get or win something


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