Examples of vigilant in a Sentence
- Over the years, as tension between pitchers and hit batsmen heightened to the point that hitters began rushing the mound, umpires have had to become far more vigilant about keeping the game from degenerating into a dogfight. —Buzz Bissinger, Sports Illustrated, 21 Mar. 2005
- At the Château de Wideville's magnificent seventeenth-century gates, guests have their names ticked off by vigilant staff and then snake through a lugubrious park à l'anglaise. —Hamish Bowles, Vogue, September 2002
- And as a foreign tourist in North Korea, under the care of vigilant minders who wanted me to see only the best, I had enjoyed the finest fare available. —Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, January 2001
- A vigilant hand had, as usual, kept the fire alive and the lamp trimmed; and the room, with its rows and rows of books, its bronze and steel statuettes of "The Fencers" on the mantelpiece and its many photographs of famous pictures, looked singularly home-like and welcoming. —Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920
When traveling through the city, tourists should be extra vigilant.
They were vigilant about protecting their children.
We remain vigilant against theft.
Recent Examples of vigilant from the Web
Peters is urging residents to be vigilant about locking their cars.
Forest visitors must be vigilant about storing food, toiletry products and keeping a clean camp to avoid attracting black bears.
Just because darkness deprives us of visual stimulation doesn't mean our hyper-vigilant brains won't try to generate some.
Meant to strengthen the relationship between communities and their police departments, National Night Out encourages people to remain vigilant in their neighborhoods and protect themselves and others against crime.
Police urged people to be vigilant and to travel in groups.
Be vigilant when donating in the wake of a tragedy or natural disaster.
For women under 40, like myself, the key is to not worry but to be vigilant if anything seems amiss.
For that reason, many younger consumers who are taking on mortgage loans and car loans, as well as juggling student loan payments, need to remain financially vigilant and steer clear of taking on too much debt.
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Origin and Etymology of vigilant
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
SynonymsArgus-eyed, attentive, awake, observant, open-eyed, tenty (also tentie) [Scottish], alert, watchful, wide-awake
Related Wordsalive, aware, conscious, sensitive; cognizant, heedful, keen, mindful, observing, regardful, sharp, sharp-eyed; hyperalert, hypervigilant, sleepless, wakeful; careful, cautious, chary, wary; prepared, ready
Near Antonymsabsent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, daydreaming, dazed, distracted, dreaming, dreamy, engrossed, faraway, insensible, oblivious, preoccupied; sleeping, unaware, unconscious, unknowing, unwitting; careless, heedless, inattentive, unheeding, unmindful, unthinking, unwary; unprepared, unready
Synonym Discussion of vigilant
- the watchful eye of the department supervisor
- eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy
- wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology
- alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide
VIGILANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vigilant for English Language Learners
: carefully noticing problems or signs of danger
VIGILANT Defined for Kids
Definition of vigilant for Students
- … he was constantly vigilant, looking for the next nearest hiding place should the sound of engines come.
- —Lois Lowry, The Giver
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