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

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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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In vivid detail, federal prosecutors allege that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) used campaign money to fund a series of extramarital affairs with congressional staffers and lobbyists., "Today: Amid Scandal, the Border Patrol Chief Resigns," 26 June 2019 The veteran reporter recounts in vivid detail not only the depravity of Kelly’s alleged behavior, but also the insouciance—or worse, active support—with which his associates, fans, and legal gatekeepers handled him after it was revealed. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Soulless and the Fallacy of R. Kelly’s Need for ‘Help’," 6 June 2019 As time passed, vivid details about the massacre faded. Teen Vogue, "Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, Explained," 31 May 2019 On days when other families post selfies of their clamoring children and their quarreling siblings, her absence becomes more vivid to me than ever before. Jayson Greene, Washington Post, "The bittersweet balm of Father’s Day as a bereaved dad, and how you can help," 14 June 2019 Let your armor shine bright, vivid in character, as a beacon for all to follow. Camila Vallejo,, "Southington High School’s class of 2019 celebrates their ‘knighting day’," 13 June 2019 Burn This, for example, was a Lanford Wilson play that starred John Malkovich (a sensational performance still vivid in my mind). Toby Zinman,, "Fraver's 'Five Decades' displays the great posters of a lifetime theater-lover," 28 June 2018 That night is still vivid in Lesley Yarrell's memory. Vic Ryckaert, Indianapolis Star, "Hovey Street murders: 'If you want to go to heaven, you got to forgive everybody'," 15 Jan. 2018 The iron lung, Fitzgerald said, could be the centerpiece of a vivid exhibition focusing on the wild spread of polio and the medical efforts that have led to its near eradication. Stephan Salisbury,, "Mutter Museum launching $25 million expansion drive," 5 June 2019

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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 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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