- to strive in competition or rivalry with another; contend for superiority: Swimmers from many nations were vying for the title.
- Archaic. to put forward in competition or rivalry.
- Obsolete. to stake in card playing.
Origin of vie
1525–35; by aphesis < Middle French envier to raise the stake (at cards), Old French: to challenge, provoke < Latin invītāre to entertain, invite
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1. compete, contest, struggle.
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Examples from the Web for vie
Christie will vie with Romney for primary and caucus votes chiefly in the North and to some extent in the Midwest.Christie's No Messiah
September 28, 2011
Lady Vargrave seemed to vie with Evelyn which should love him the most.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Some vie to set slips and twine them, which sometimes, but seldome thriue all.A New Orchard And Garden
They began to writhe about his limbs, but drew no sound to vie with their crackling.Dreamers of the Ghetto
People seemed to vie with each other in giving away their property.Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail
The fish seemed to vie with one another in falling upon the bait.Follow My leader
Talbot Baines Reed
- (intr; foll by with or for) to contend for superiority or victory (with) or strive in competition (for)
- (tr) archaic to offer, exchange, or display in rivalry
C15: probably from Old French envier to challenge, from Latin invītāre to invite
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Word Origin and History for vie
1560s, shortened form of Middle English envie "make a challenge," from Old French envier, from Latin invitare (see invite).
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