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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 With reed player Chris McGuire, drummer Earl Harvin and DJ Baby G, Mr. Griffin has found the means to create a vivid and engaging live experience. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "MC 900 FT Jesus performs in the Lizard Lounge’s parking lot in ’92," 21 May 2020 The saccharine shade of purple lends itself well to the trappings of hyperfemininity, from frills to ruffles, and only gets more vivid when paired with reds, yellows, and greens. Georgia Murray,, "Fashion’s Spring Colors Are Good Enough To Eat," 12 May 2020 Neuroscientists like Barrett say that the more vivid the imagery, the more likely your brain is using the dream to process intense emotions from your waking life. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Kids are having pandemic dreams too," 11 May 2020 The kids eventually recede into the background as Jahkor pedals furiously onward, turning away from this dreamlike vision of carefree childhood — a glimpse of a happier life that feels as vivid and piercing as a memory. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Netflix’s ‘All Day and a Night’ is a bruising, empathetic gangland drama," 1 May 2020 The images are remarkably detailed and vivid, so take your time and soak up the simple pleasure of Provence’s boulangeries and sidewalk cafes. Dan Q. Dao, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Adult Coloring Books Inspired By Our Favorite Cities, Hotels, And More," 17 Apr. 2020 For others, the economy’s collapse has made an alternative purpose equally vivid: financial survival. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Corporations step up in the coronavirus crisis—Is it PR or purpose?," 13 Apr. 2020 The imaginings are vivid, often strange, sometimes terrifying. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "The coronavirus pandemic may be influencing our dreams," 5 Apr. 2020 The consent decree’s own fraught history gives an all-too-vivid picture of what the other side might look like. Zachary Roth, The New Republic, "Why the GOP is poised to create large-scale voting chaos this year," 30 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of vivid was in 1634

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25 May 2020

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“Vivid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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