keep vigil

Definition of keep vigil

:to stay in a place and quietly wait, pray, etc., for a period of time
  • She kept vigil at the bedside of her ailing son.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

vigil play
  1. : the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary

  2. : an act or period of watching or surveillance : watch

  3. : a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions


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