Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To strive for victory or superiority; contend. See Synonyms at rival.
  • transitive v. Archaic To offer in competition; match.
  • transitive v. Obsolete To wager or bet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To rival; to struggle for superiority; to contend; to compete eagerly so as to gain something.
  • v. To rival (something), etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To stake a sum upon a hand of cards, as in the old game of gleek. See revie.
  • intransitive v. To strive for superiority; to contend; to use emulous effort, as in a race, contest, or competition.
  • transitive v. To stake; to wager.
  • transitive v. To do or produce in emulation, competition, or rivalry; to put in competition; to bandy.
  • n. A contest for superiority; competition; rivalry; strife; also, a challenge; a wager.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In the old games of gleek, primero, etc., to wager on the value of one's hand against an opponent.
  • To strive for superiority; endeavor to be equal or superior (to); contend; rival: followed by with, and said of persons or things.
  • To offer as a stake, as in cardplaying; play as for a wager with.
  • To put or bring into competition; bandy; try to outdo in; contend with respect to.
  • n. A contest for superiority, especially a close or keen contest; a contention in the way of rivalry; hence, sometimes, a state where it would be difficult to decide as to which party had the advantage; also, a challenge; a wager.
  • n. Life.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Short for Middle English envien, from Old French envier, from Latin invītāre, to invite, give occasion for; see invite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French envier. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ohio State and Penn State could again vie for the conference championship, and a Nov. 7 date in Happy Valley could determine the outcome.

    Big Ten Conference outlook

  • More often places and their names are representative of abstract ideas: America, Vietnam, the Riviera which, as Godard points out, contains the word vie for "life", Las Vegas.

    Pierrot le fou

  • II. i.310 (393,9) [kill on kiss She vy's so fast] I know not that the word vie has any construction that will suit this place; we may easily read,

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • The most recent term was pur autre vie, which is defined as:

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  • The story in all its intricacies may best be described as the vie amoureuse of Count D'Elmont, a hero with none of the wit, but with all the gallantry of the rakes of late Restoration comedy.

    The Life and Romances of Mrs Eliza Haywood

  • Carole James now must survive where "alpha males" vie "for control of a baboon group."

    Tyee - Home

  • trouver des clients ou les laisser nous trouver, expliquer au monde ce que l'on fait, trouver un équilibre entre travail et "vie" pas évident quand on a fait de sa passion son métier, ou encore gérer l'administratif qui accompagne la vie réseautée que nous vivons aujourd'hui.

    So, What’s Going Solo About? — Climb to the Stars

  • At dinner parties during the rest of the year, they vie to one-up each other with stories of malaria, harrowing airplane flights and close calls with venomous snakes in what most of their compatriots would regard as Third World hell-holes.

    For Italians, Summer Starts at the Beach

  • While Dan Donovan of Staten Island, Robert Johnson of the Bronx and Richard Brown of Queens all confirmed this week that they would vie for another four years in office, none of the three has done significant fund raising to this point, according to new filings with the state Board of Elections.

    DAs Are Staying Put

  • The other question is whether the big banks that already have big businesses originating mortgages will also be allowed to vie for one of the securitization charters.

    D.C. area will take hit if Wall Street steals away with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac

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  • C'est la vie. Totally.

    November 16, 2008