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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Politics happens via the absorption of values, via the dissemination of superiority rhetoric, and via powerful imagery and characters that are vivid and present in our lives. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2022 The scene at the piano, an example of the forensic realism McEwan has perfected, is vivid and convincing. Adam Begley, The Atlantic, 9 Sep. 2022 Her memories of life in East Germany are especially vivid. Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Sep. 2022 Mattie Waters, Jules Downum) – Every person has a story that is vivid and complex – full of struggle and triumph. Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Aug. 2022 This list of favorites only includes keyboards whose visual effects are vivid enough to be seen in any lighting condition. Sascha Brodsky, Popular Mechanics, 15 Aug. 2022 In all nine, the colors are vivid and the imagery iconic. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2022 Rainbow clouds and fire rainbows are different, and the colors in a fire rainbow are much more vivid than in a rainbow cloud, Carfagno explained. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 The four Jones pictures at Pazo are more vivid, and can be seen as flirting with being landscapes. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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23 Sep 2022

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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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