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
: to take notice of by appropriate conduct : fulfill: such as
: to be faithful to
: to act fittingly in relation to
: custody, charge
: one that keeps or protects: such as
: a watch formerly kept on the night before a religious feast with prayer or other devotions
: the day before a religious feast observed as a day of spiritual preparation
: the act of keeping awake at times when sleep is customary
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