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 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
: a period of wakefulness
: an act or period of watching or surveillance : watch
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