viv·id | \ ˈvi-vəd \

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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My most vivid memory of Brett was his thoughtful approach to an issue, not impulsive, not off the cuff. Mark Sherman,, "Born inside the Beltway, Brett Kavanaugh is part of the GOP legal elite," 10 July 2018 My most vivid memory of Brett was his thoughtful approach to an issue, not impulsive, not off the cuff. Mark Sherman, The Seattle Times, "High-court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is D.C. native, ex-Bush aide," 9 July 2018 Her most vivid memory of the count is the spectacular desert night sky. Ernie Cowan,, "Anza Borrego sheep count is for the extreme," 7 July 2018 Outside of work, friends and relatives often gathered at the Taggart household, where the FSU coach has vivid memories of his parents blaring music early on Saturday mornings while cleaning the house or preparing meals for the family. Safid Deen,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart braces for first Father's Day without his dad," 17 June 2018 Americans old enough to remember report less vivid memories of Bobby's death than John F. Kennedy's five years before. USA TODAY, "Alice Johnson got a life sentence. Brock Turner got 6 months. Both cases made news again," 6 June 2018 Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri has faced the Seattle Sounders an incredible 15 times in MLS play over the last five years, but his most vivid memory against Seattle came in his first year in Major League Soccer. Jamie Goldberg,, "Portland Timbers-Seattle Sounders rivalry reaches milestone as clubs prepare for 100th game," 10 May 2018 For a country with vivid memories of its own 15-year civil war, that's no small achievement. Ben Wedeman, CNN, "Lebanon's new generation hopes to shake up politics in first elections in nearly a decade," 6 May 2018 In Westworld and Blade Runner, programmers give androids vivid memories to enhance their humanness. Matthew Hutson, Science | AAAS, "Free will, AI, and vibrating vests: investigating the science of Westworld," 2 May 2018

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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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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 \

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
vividness noun

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alleviating pain or harshness

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