viv·​id | \ ˈvi-vəd How to pronounce vivid (audio) \

Definition of vivid

1 of a color : very strong : very high in chroma
2 : having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness : lively a vivid sketch
3 : producing a strong or clear impression on the senses : sharp, intense specifically : producing distinct mental images a vivid description
4 : acting clearly and vigorously a vivid imagination

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Other Words from vivid

vividly adverb
vividness noun

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graphic, vivid, picturesque mean giving a clear visual impression in words. graphic stresses the evoking of a clear lifelike picture. a graphic account of combat vivid suggests an impressing on the mind of the vigorous aliveness of something. a vivid re-creation of an exciting event picturesque suggests the presentation of a striking or effective picture composed of features notable for their distinctness and charm. a picturesque account of his travels

Examples of vivid in a Sentence

He gave a vivid description of the scene. The book includes many vivid illustrations. The dream was very vivid. She could remember the dream in vivid detail. The fabric was dyed a vivid red.
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First Known Use of vivid

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vivid

Latin vividus, from vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of vivid was in 1634

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5 Aug 2020

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“Vivid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vivid

of a picture, memory, etc. : seeming like real life because it is very clear, bright, or detailed
: very bright in color


viv·​id | \ ˈvi-vəd How to pronounce vivid (audio) \

Kids Definition of vivid

1 : producing strong mental images a vivid description
2 : very strong or bright vivid red
3 : acting clearly and powerfully a vivid imagination
4 : seeming full of life and freshness a vivid painting

Other Words from vivid

vividly adverb That scene of two years before flashed back into her recollection as vividly as if it had taken place yesterday. — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

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