Pronunciation Verb

vie (vies, present participle vying; past and past participle vied)

  1. (intransitive) To fight for superiority; to contend; to compete eagerly so as to gain something.
    Her suitors were all vying for her attention.
    • It is the tradition of a trading nation […] , that the younger sons […] may be placed in such a way of life as […] to vie with the best of their family.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To rival (something), etc.
    • 1608, William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra [;+yet,+to+imagine#w]
      But, if there be, or ever were, one such, / It's past the size of dreaming: nature wants stuff / To vie strange forms with fancy; yet, to imagine / An Antony, were nature's piece 'gainst fancy, / Condemning shadows quite.
  3. (transitive) To do or produce in emulation, competition, or rivalry; to put in competition; to bandy.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      She hung about my neck; and kiss on kiss / She vied so fast.
    • 1649, [John] Milton, [Eikonoklastes]  […], London: Printed by Matthew Simmons,  […], OCLC 1044608640 ↗:
      Nor was he set over us to vie wisdom with his Parliament, but to be guided by them.
    • 1633, George Herbert, The Sacrifice
      And vying malice with my gentleness, / Pick quarrels with their only happiness.
  4. To stake; to wager.
  5. To stake a sum of money upon a hand of cards, as in the old game of gleek. See revie.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Noun

vie (plural vies)

  1. (obsolete) A contest.

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