vivid

adjective
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

Choose the Right Synonym for vivid

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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And then there were the awe-inspiring wild card moments from Area and Fashion East, offering up vivid crystal mesh headpieces and plastic amber combs warped into off-kilter shapes, respectively. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "9 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2019 Runways," 8 Mar. 2019 Conroy was a vivid presence within his community of readers, often seeming... Danny Heitman, WSJ, "Remembering Pat Conroy: Southern Comforter," 1 Mar. 2019 The colors became more vivid as chemical dyes were developed. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "The History of Easter Eggs and Why They're Decorated," 25 Feb. 2019 Pet Sematary is one of the most vivid, powerful and disturbing tales [King] has written. Nicole Y. Chung, The Seattle Times, "8 books to read before you see the movie adaptations," 20 Feb. 2019 These two books are the first steps into a vivid, exciting world, and fortunately, there’s more to come. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Our favorite science fiction and fantasy books of 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 When that happens, the dust and grit burns up upon contact with the Earth's atmosphere, creating the most biggest and most vivid annual meteor shower: The Geminids. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "How to Watch the December 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower," 10 Dec. 2018 Moana is beloved for a lot of reasons: its music (hello, Lin-Manuel Miranda!), its vivid representation of Polynesian culture, and its a-typical storyline. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "This Is the Cutest Way to Make a DIY Moana Costume for Halloween," 23 Oct. 2018 In recent months President Trump launched a trade war with China, a nation he’s accused, in vivid terms, of stealing American jobs, wealth, and intellectual property. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Suddenly Worried About Saving Jobs in China: 6 Theories," 15 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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vivid

adjective

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

vivid

adjective
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
vividness noun

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