vivid

adjective
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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Keep reading for more vivid details of their migraine experiences to get a sense of what this particular type of headache really feels like. 1. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 People Explain What It’s Really Like to Have a Migraine," 1 Feb. 2019 One of Jordan’s most vivid early paintings is Mom Hand, an image of her mother’s long, slender fingers resting on one red-stockinged knee. Dodie Kazanjian, Vogue, "In Her First Solo Museum Snow, Jordan Casteel’s Humanizing Portraits Get Even Closer," 15 Jan. 2019 Many readers will enjoy his vivid descriptions of combat, but these leave little room to dissect the cultural, technological or geographic factors that determined the fighting and how it was remembered. Daniel Todman, WSJ, "‘The Battle of Arnhem’ Review: The Dutch Dead End," 15 Oct. 2018 The drama unfolds in vivid detail in The Dinosaur Artist: Obsession, Betrayal, and the Quest for Earth’s Ultimate Trophy, a new nonfiction book that explores the mysterious world of fossil dealing. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "A dinosaur obsession leads to stolen fossils and prison time in this new book," 15 Oct. 2018 Fear not, they are well represented: in an introductory big-screen video, in a vivid painting made by an early explorer and as a life-size emperor penguin model toward the end. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "'Antarctic Dinosaurs' bring new ice age to Field Museum," 13 June 2018 Despite all that, Ranallo became an Internet and fan favorite for his excitable delivery, vivid descriptions and free use of metaphors. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "Mauro Ranallo Aims to Reach an Important Audience With Documentary on His Bipolar Disorder," 18 May 2018 In messages with potential buyers of military artifacts, Antonin DeHays was an eager salesman who offered vivid descriptions. Washington Post, "Historian who stole WWII dog tags from the National Archives advertised ‘stains of fuel, blood’ to potential buyers. Now he’s sentenced to 1 year in prison," 10 Apr. 2018 The case is one of the most vivid examples of China’s ambitious use of loans and aid to gain influence around the world — and of its willingness to play hardball to collect. Maria Abi-habib, New York Times, "How China Got Sri Lanka to Cough Up a Port," 25 June 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 \

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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