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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Ultramajic’s visual language feels like a strange and vivid world in comparison. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "The Argentinian Artist Whose Colorful Closet and Music Are Inspired by Postmodern Furniture," 24 Dec. 2018 The most common ones include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and very vivid dreams, Dr. Tan says. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Exactly Do Different Kinds of Alzheimer’s Medications Work?," 6 Dec. 2018 The new gel-like formula comes in six vivid and neutral shades, so almost every member of the members of the popular boy group was designated his own shade. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tonymoly Teams Up With K-Pop Group Monsta X on New Lip Tints," 1 Oct. 2018 If those puffy eyes aren't the result of your baby’s sleepless nights but your own vivid and often violent dreams of your child that make a full-night's rest impossible, take solace: These nightmares could be signs of healthy bonding. Merritt Watts, Glamour, "New Mom Nightmares: The Common Postpartum Symptom Nobody Talks About," 13 Sep. 2018 The result was to provide a vivid and bloody burst of energy to a performance that by that point needed a little more vigor. Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Monterverdi’s ‘Orfeo’ gets some new music in Berkeley," 21 Apr. 2018 And Coco — energetic, vivid and celebratory — is a feel-good choice regardless of the competition. Eliza Berman, Time, "Here's Who Will Win at the 2018 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2018 But the bright, L- shaped kitchen, which is accented with primary colors and fanciful touches, like a Dot & Bo Birds in Motion wall clock over the sink, is vivid and inviting, much like Hayek herself. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "T&C 50: The Beauty of Giving," 7 Apr. 2015 In vivid shades of green, Thompson has pulled off one of the trickiest shades imaginable and turned chartreuse into a winning red carpet statement. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Tessa Thompson Found Her Power Color on the Creed II Tour," 30 Nov. 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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