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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The Baltimore artist’s heritage, which includes having a Mexican-American mother, may be reflected in the vivid colors found throughout the show and also in the shrine-evocative installation that occupies much of the floor space. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Artist gets metaphysical at Columbia Art Center," 6 July 2018 The three clubs, all defunct by the late 1980s, can be seen in vivid detail. Peter Hartlaub,, "Lost SF punk rock photos surface: Temple Beautiful, Mabuhay and Deaf Club," 15 June 2018 Those things can become profoundly vivid to you through movies like that. Pam Grady,, "Lakeith Stanfield gets a kick out of starring in Boots Riley’s ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 28 June 2018 With bold, vivid pops, the Enthusiast palette is made for someone who's passionate and energetic. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Are the Colors You'll Be Obsessed With Next Year, Based on Your Personality," 13 June 2018 But for public events, her typical color palette is decidedly vivid. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Reason Queen Elizabeth Wears So Many Bright Colors," 27 June 2018 The disparities are most vivid in the Border Patrol’s Rio Grande sector, where the highest number of families are crossing illegally into the United States, nearly 37,000 so far this year. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Near the border, different buses take migrants on starkly different paths," 20 June 2018 Going into this World Cup, Mexico’s fantasies may be more vivid than ever. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "He’s Got a Winning Record. So Why Do Mexican Fans Want the Coach Fired?," 17 June 2018 But memories are still vivid of 1995, when a series of massive strikes forced the government to back down on making cuts to the country’s welfare and pension system. Gregory Viscusi,, "Macron Vows to Push On as Blockade Threatens Trains and Campuses," 4 Apr. 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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