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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Recent Examples on the Web In vivid detail, Plotz recounted his experiences on a search and rescue mission in the Bahamas, where a hurricane had sunk the USS Warrington on Sept. 13, 1944. al, 11 July 2021 In the court filing, Rodriguez -- who, according to the document, was nearly finished paying her mortgage -- described the harrowing scene in vivid detail. Scott Glover, CNN, 3 July 2021 The finding — often called Fourier imaging — enabled chemists to study a greater number of atoms and to describe their properties in more vivid detail. Washington Post, 10 June 2021 On the other hand, the ventral default mode network (ventral means toward the front of the body), lit up with activity for events imagined with more vivid detail. Alison Escalante, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Aside from the vivid writing, the fast-moving plot and compelling characters — all of which will appeal to readers generally — Alaskans will find significant relevance in parallels of experience. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, 10 July 2021 The city’s most prominent progressives (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jumaane Williams) did not run, which left the proceedings without a vivid ideological dimension. Benjamin Wallace-well, The New Yorker, 8 July 2021 Lake’s vivid prose provides potent emotional weight and wry humor to this captivating debut novel, which details these men’s messy, chaotic journeys toward self-actualization. Ghosts. Sadie Gennis, Vulture, 8 July 2021 In 2019, the FOMO Factory brought a vivid spunk to the Galleria’s third floor, producing dreamy installations sure to tap into your inner child. Adrianne Reece, Chron, 8 July 2021

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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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“Vivid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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