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plural vibes\ ˈvībz How to pronounce vibe (audio) \

Definition of vibe

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: a distinctive feeling or quality capable of being sensed This place has a good/bad vibe. She gave me a weird vibe. = She gave off a weird vibe. = I got a weird vibe from her. Though zebra print looks positively of the moment, it also conveys a groovy retro vibe.— Liana Satenstein and Madeline Fass seems to be in on every conversation, every deal, every vibe that is winging through the room— Albert Goldman often plural a place with good vibes [=vibrations]… You've been giving off such bad vibes around here that the geraniums in the break room are dying …— Ruth WalkerNow some of those closest to the former Disney star are sending positive vibes [=thoughts, wishes] her way via heartfelt social media messages …— Cole Delbyck… a smart, versatile collection of funk, pop, rock, and soul vibes.— Craig Jenkins


vibed; vibing; vibes

Definition of vibe (Entry 2 of 2)

1 intransitive, informal : to enjoy music … listeners vibed on her new release …— Allison Samuels … we were all just vibing to the beat …Rolling Stone
2 intransitive, informal : to be in harmony "They just vibed," says [Steve] Nash's agent, Bill Duffy. "They ended up hanging out, and there was some chemistry …"Sports Illustrated She said many things with which I agree, but I especially "vibed"… with her critique of the American democratic process …— Charles M. Williams
3 transitive, informal : to convey a sense of (a place, a feeling, etc.) I found that I loved the little town. In many ways, it vibed New York.— Isabel Gillies

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Synonyms for vibe

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of vibe in a Sentence

Noun I got a weird vibe from her. a book by a professor of physiological science about her experiments with human energy fields and the vibes they emanate
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s what the current vibe is for this upcoming fight. Chris Cason, Forbes, 8 June 2021 The stainless steel accents on the dispenser give it a real conventional vibe. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 But among the vibe cartels of the Jamaican music industry, a young lord with a crew on a Vendetta is vying for your prompt attention. Dasun Imanuel, Essence, 7 June 2021 Thankfully, like many powerhouse fragrances from the ’80s, it’s been toned down somewhat over the years and the original creamy, lemon curd vibe has been replaced by a sharper, bitterer citrus zing which gives it a more contemporary feel. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 The neon lighting and industrial architecture give their base a nightclub vibe, and the color palette distinguishes this location from the other settings and gives it a more youthful atmosphere. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 5 June 2021 Since 1947 this waterfront dining destination inside Cozy Cove marina offered boaters, locals and tourists an at-home vibe with coastal fare. Phillip Valys,, 3 June 2021 These freshwater gems offer a different vibe than the beach. Washington Post, 3 June 2021 Carlos Anthony Lopez helps set the scene and vibe at some of the city’s hottest restaurants and bars. Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of vibe


1967, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for vibe


short for vibration

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10 Jun 2021

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“Vibe.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vibe

informal : a feeling that someone or something gives you

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