vivid

adjective
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

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Other Words from vivid

vividly adverb
vividness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for vivid

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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Every storyteller’s temptation is to embellish—to make the tale more vivid, dramatic, entertaining. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Trump-Russia Made for Gripping Fiction," 26 Mar. 2019 Getty Images Since the year began, Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle have both decided that brighter is better, stepping out for their royal engagements in a selection of vivid colors. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Took on the Neon Trend For Her Latest Royal Appearance in London," 5 Feb. 2019 Not unlike at his homes in Argentina and Miami, on vivid display in his coffee table memoir, visual excess is essential to the Faena secret sauce. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Alan Faena Built the Ultimate Shopping Bazaar for Design Snobs," 26 Mar. 2019 The pair will maintain dueling orbits at once, helping scientists paint a more vivid picture of Mercury. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Two spacecraft are embarking on a seven-year journey to decode Mercury’s mysteries," 19 Oct. 2018 Voters recoiled from the policy, revolted by vivid pictures of children kept in pens made of chain-link fence and audio of toddlers wailing for their parents. Chris Brennan, Philly.com, "Lou Barletta rolls with Trump, as president shifts policy at border," 25 June 2018 Their lyrics, as ever, paint a vivid picture of friendship and solidarity in the face of overwhelming odds. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Mobb Deep Releases New Song 'Boom Goes the Cannon' For Latest Hamildrop: Listen," 18 June 2018 On the witness stand Wednesday, Flemmi had yet to talk about the DiSarro killing, but offered a vivid picture of violence, calculated killings, and double-crosses dating back to the gang wars of the 1960s. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen ‘The Rifleman’ Flemmi takes the stand to testify against ‘Cadillac Frank’ Salemme," 6 June 2018 Lonski closed the trial by painting a vivid picture of the moments before Zyszkiewicz's death. Taylor Palmby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jury deliberating in trial of a 19-year-old charged in killing of Milwaukee inspector," 29 May 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 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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