vigilant

adjective
vig·​i·​lant | \ ˈvi-jə-lənt How to pronounce vigilant (audio) \

Definition of vigilant

: alertly watchful especially to avoid danger

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vigilantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for vigilant

Synonyms

alert, Argus-eyed, attentive, awake, observant, open-eyed, tenty (also tentie) [Scottish], watchful, wide-awake

Antonyms

asleep

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watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term. the watchful eye of the department supervisor vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness. eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers. wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity. alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

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.
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As the Feds grow closer to convicting him, Ghost must remain vigilant toward those wanting to take him down for his past criminal enterprises. Paula Rogo, Essence, "The Cast Of 'Power' Dropped The Official Season 6 Trailer At Essence Festival And Now You Can Watch It!," 7 July 2019 But even the most vigilant individual can inadvertently eat something that could trigger a severe reaction and require a shot of lifesaving epinephrine followed by a visit to the emergency department. STAT, "Assessing the value of new food allergy treatments must include quality of life," 20 June 2019 The whole thing felt like a thinking person's Diablo, in terms of thinking one step ahead of vigilant nearby enemies and juggling multiple characters' special limited abilities. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Its Jewish author’s vigilant attention to the anti-Semitism perpetrated by both systems embarrassed Soviet apparatchiks for decades. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 Claudio takes pride in his physical abilities, describing himself as quick on his feet and vigilant, but there were still hurdles to overcome on the mountain. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "What does it take to climb Mount Kilimanjaro when you’re blind?," 5 June 2019 Torres said apiarists should report thefts to authorities immediately and be vigilant to protect themselves against crime. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 Being proactive and vigilant about your health makes a difference. Alejandra Campoverdi, Glamour, "I Beat Breast Cancer Before I Even Knew I Had It," 29 Apr. 2019 Plus, there was concern that parents would become less vigilant about supervising a child who had taken swim lessons. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Age Your Kids Should Start Swimming Lessons," 3 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of vigilant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vigilant

Middle English (Scots), from Latin vigilant-, vigilans, from present participle of vigilare to keep watch, stay awake, from vigil awake

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vigilant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vigilant

: carefully noticing problems or signs of danger

vigilant

adjective
vig·​i·​lant | \ ˈvi-jə-lənt How to pronounce vigilant (audio) \

Kids Definition of vigilant

: alert especially to avoid danger … 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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