\ ˈvīb \

Definition of vibe

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: vibration sense 4 seems to be in on every conversation, every deal, every vibe that is winging through the room— Albert Goldman usually used in plural got bad vibes from him


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

aura, chi (or ch'i), energy, ki, vibration(s)

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Examples of vibe in a Sentence


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

The vibe was relaxed, but in terms of the hours, didn’t feel all that different from my old school. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 The grass is Astroturf, but, hey, the vibe was pitch perfect, especially with Milwaukee music veteran Robin Pluer headlining the stage’s first night. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 1: Kane Brown, Walker Hayes, Jethro Tull and more," 27 June 2018 The vibe in Tencent’s lobby is cosmopolitan and stylish, in pointed contrast to the suburban-nerd atmosphere at Alibaba’s campus. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Alibaba v. Tencent: The Battle for Supremacy in China," 21 June 2018 The low-key restaurants and bars that occupy them today have a Western-inflected bohemian vibe that grew out of the hippie wave that swept into town in the seventies. Alex Bhattacharji, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Telluride Keeps Being Named the Best U.S. Ski Town," 5 Dec. 2018 There’s Ally Love, who has an unfailingly upbeat and motivational vibe. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 Each level has a slightly different vibe: some are calm and relaxing, others have a heart-pounding intensity. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Tetris Effect is a glorious love letter to Tetris," 9 Nov. 2018 The new Tangled Shore patrol zone, where the campaign takes place, has a hardscrabble pirate vibe to it that's very cool. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "Destiny 2: Forsaken review: Hallelujah, Destiny’s back," 19 Sep. 2018 But Baldwin’s comment on the photo had a slightly different vibe. Colleen Kratofil,, "Hailey Baldwin Hates on New Fiancé Justin Bieber's Mustache, Won't Allow It for Their Wedding," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of vibe


1967, in the meaning defined above


1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vibe was in 1967

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English Language Learners Definition of vibe

informal : a feeling that someone or something gives you

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