Definition of keep vigil
- She kept vigil at the bedside of her ailing son.
: to retain in one's possession or power
: to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing
: to have in control
: the means or provisions by which one is kept
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: fortress, castle
: the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary
: an event or a period of time when a person or group stays in a place and quietly waits, prays, etc., especially at night
: a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions
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