vie

To vie for something means to compete for it. Two teams may vie for the gold medal, but one will have to go home with silver.

Vie may be spelled the same as the French word, vie, but they are pronounced differently, vī and vē respectively, and are not related in meaning or history. English vie comes from the Latin verb meaning "to invite" as in to invite a challenge. Be careful of the spelling which includes an ie to y shift. “He intends to vie for the top prize,” but “He is vying for the top prize.”

DEFINITIONS OF: vie

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v compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Synonyms:
compete, contend
Types:
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go for, try for
make an attempt at achieving something
play
participate in games or sport
run off
decide (a contest or competition) by a runoff
race, run
compete in a race
rival
be the rival of, be in competition with
emulate
compete with successfully; approach or reach equality with
equal, match, rival, touch
be equal to in quality or ability
line up
take one's position before a kick-off
curl
play the Scottish game of curling
snooker
leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot
revoke
fail to follow suit when able and required to do so
develop
move into a strategically more advantageous position
develop
move one's pieces into strategically more advantageous positions
die
to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player
misplay
play wrong or in an unskillful manner
start
play in the starting lineup
fumble
drop or juggle or fail to play cleanly a grounder
volley
make a volley
unblock
play the cards of (a suit) so that the last trick on which a hand can follow suit will be taken by a higher card in the hand of a partner who has the remaining cards of a combined holding
replay
play again
cricket
play cricket
backstop
act as a backstop
fullback
play the fullback
quarterback
play the quarterback
cradle
run with the stick
exit
lose the lead
play out
play to a finish
field
play as a fielder
catch
be the catcher
bully off, face off
start a game by a face-off
tee off
strike a ball from the teeing ground at the start of a hole
ace
play (a hole) in one stroke
show
finish third or better in a horse or dog race
place
finish second or better in a horse or dog race
boat-race
participate in a boat race
horse-race
compete in a horse race
campaign, run
run, stand, or compete for an office or a position
complete, nail
complete a pass
outrival, outvie
be more of a rival than
gamble
play games for money
walk
give a base on balls to
bowl
engage in the sport of bowling
golf
play golf
bandy
toss or strike a ball back and forth
foul
commit a foul; break the rules
put out
retire
croquet
play a game in which players hit a wooden ball through a series of hoops
putt
hit a putt
speed skate
race on skates
seesaw, teeter-totter, teetertotter
ride on a plank
bid, call
make a demand, as for a card or a suit or a show of hands
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