vig·​i·​lant | \ ˈvi-jə-lənt How to pronounce vigilant (audio) \

Definition of vigilant

: alertly watchful especially to avoid danger

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vigilantly adverb

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watchful, vigilant, wide-awake, alert mean being on the lookout especially for danger or opportunity. watchful is the least explicit term. the watchful eye of the department supervisor vigilant suggests intense, unremitting, wary watchfulness. eternally vigilant in the safeguarding of democracy wide-awake applies to watchfulness for opportunities and developments more often than dangers. wide-awake companies latched onto the new technology alert stresses readiness or promptness in meeting danger or in seizing opportunity. alert traders anticipated the stock market's slide

Examples of vigilant in a Sentence

Over the years, as tension between pitchers and hit batsmen heightened to the point that hitters began rushing the mound, umpires have had to become far more vigilant about keeping the game from degenerating into a dogfight. — Buzz Bissinger, Sports Illustrated, 21 Mar. 2005 At the Château de Wideville's magnificent seventeenth-century gates, guests have their names ticked off by vigilant staff and then snake through a lugubrious park à l'anglaise. — Hamish Bowles, Vogue, September 2002 And as a foreign tourist in North Korea, under the care of vigilant minders who wanted me to see only the best, I had enjoyed the finest fare available. — Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, January 2001 A vigilant hand had, as usual, kept the fire alive and the lamp trimmed; and the room, with its rows and rows of books, its bronze and steel statuettes of "The Fencers" on the mantelpiece and its many photographs of famous pictures, looked singularly home-like and welcoming. — Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence, 1920 When traveling through the city, tourists should be extra vigilant. They were vigilant about protecting their children. We remain vigilant against theft.
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Recent Examples on the Web However, individuals and businesses need security awareness to remain vigilant and follow best practices to stay clear of ransomware: 1. Stu Sjouwerman, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 As the numbers continue to decrease in a sign that the county escaped a possible Labor Day surge, officials still urge residents to get vaccinated and remain vigilant as the season changes. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2021 Mark Ghilarducci, California Office of Emergency Services director, urged returnees to remain vigilant. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 Officials called on the community to practice good hygiene by social distancing, washing hands and remaining calm and vigilant. Tori B. Powell, CBS News, 18 Sep. 2021 Bouteflika tamped down unrest through salary and subsidy increases, a vigilant security force and a lack of unity in the country’s opposition. NBC News, 18 Sep. 2021 Videos from the beta testers show the technology has limitations and requires vigilant human supervision. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 The onus is on us as travellers to be vigilant and responsible for knowing restrictions, guidelines, vaccination rates, and infection rates in your destination. Jennifer Weatherhead Harrington,, 14 Sep. 2021 Though the nation remained entangled overseas, and vigilant against threats, the anniversary became more about healing. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 12 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of vigilant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vigilant

Middle English (Scots), from Latin vigilant-, vigilans, from present participle of vigilare to keep watch, stay awake, from vigil awake

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The first known use of vigilant was in the 15th century

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13 Oct 2021

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“Vigilant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vigilant

: carefully noticing problems or signs of danger


vig·​i·​lant | \ ˈvi-jə-lənt How to pronounce vigilant (audio) \

Kids Definition of vigilant

: alert especially to avoid danger … he was constantly vigilant, looking for the next nearest hiding place should the sound of engines come.— Lois Lowry, The Giver

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