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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Recent Examples on the Web But the additional emails paint a more vivid picture of a coach who appeared to cavalierly engage in email banter that would widely be considered to be hurtful to women and the gay community. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 While staying true to the brand’s signature use of sleek leathers and metal, REINEREN finds an innovative and vivid new design direction that seeks to inspire freedom and spontaneity. Angela Lei, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 As the justices sat elbow-to-elbow on the elevated bench, shed of the telephonic constraints, their interactions were more pointed, their hypothetical scenarios more vivid. Joan Biskupic, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 The waning mentions remain incendiary or at least vivid. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Through intimate quotes from friends, family, and past colleagues the book paints a vivid, honest, affectionate, and deeply nuance portrait of Bourdain’s life and work. Bon Appétit, 28 Sep. 2021 Brown became president of MGH last week, taking the helm with recent and vivid memories of treating suffering patients and toiling beside other doctors and nurses through the unrelenting pressure of the pandemic., 16 Sep. 2021 Her favorite orange lipsticks are both by MAC Cosmetics, the iconic and vivid Lady Danger ($19, MAC Cosmetics), and Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolor in the bold orange-red Quite the Standout ($22, MAC Cosmetics). Patrice Grell Yursik, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Sep. 2021 What’s clear is that the future temperature increases will turn more animals into shape-shifters, a description that evolutionary ecologist Raymond Danner at University of North Carolina, Wilmington finds not only fitting, but vivid. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vivid

: 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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