Definition of vie in English:

vie

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something.

    ‘the athletes were vying for a place in the British team’
    • ‘Competing organizations vied for the loyalties of Baptists on the Arkansas frontier.’
    • ‘They are driven by a blind process of competition in which firms vie to grab a larger share of markets and profits than their rivals.’
    • ‘They spent more time vying for prizes at the Royal Television Society than competing for business.’
    • ‘A gold drinking horn with a lion's head vies with a life-size golden fish for the title of most gorgeous thing on display.’
    • ‘The final round was a battle of nerves as the teams vied for top honours.’
    • ‘No fewer than 82 of Lithuania's finest competitors vied for honors in this year's event.’
    • ‘A healthy spirit of competitiveness ran intensely among the groups as they vied with each other.’
    • ‘People can be spotted jostling around and vying with each other to have their bags full of commodities.’
    • ‘Oinomaos had invited suitors to vie for Hippodameia by competing with him in a chariot race.’
    • ‘Players can set up their own league or vie with competitors on the Internet.’
    • ‘Children in all kinds of outfits vied with each other to receive gifts from radio jockey Ajai, who was dressed as the paunchy Santa Claus for the event.’
    • ‘Brides and grooms from all over North and East Yorkshire vied to win a prestigious competition launched to mark a city florist's centenary.’
    • ‘Female contestants vied to tell the weepiest sob story to win the bushel of prizes.’
    • ‘They are asked to oversee the maintenance of order in a convoluted struggle between rival groups vying for power.’
    • ‘There has been strong competition throughout the county as young people vied to represent their district on June 28.’
    • ‘A total of 22 contestants vied for honours mixing some heady brews.’
    • ‘At four cafes throughout the village contestants from the Northern Rivers and beyond vied in verse for the lucrative prize money.’
    • ‘It is also vying for competition and prices its drinks on Wednesday and Thursday nights at special rates.’
    • ‘Hellas is an intense little contest where two players vie to control ten cities in ancient Greece.’
    • ‘This past Monday brought out a good field of competitors to vie for the bragging rights.’
    compete, contend, contest, struggle, fight, battle, cross swords, lock horns, jockey, jostle, grapple, wrestle
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Origin

Mid 16th century: probably a shortening of obsolete envy, via Old French from Latin invitare ‘challenge’.

Pronunciation

vie

/vʌɪ/