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Definition of vivid adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1(of memories, a description, etc.) producing very clear pictures in your mind synonym graphic vivid memories He gave a vivid account of his life as a fighter pilot.
  2. 2(of light, colors, etc.) very bright vivid blue eyes the vivid colors and patterns of her designs Thesaurusbrightbrilliant vivid vibrantThese words all describe things that are shining or full of light or colors that are strong and easy to see.bright full of light; shining strongly; (of colors) strong and easy to see:a bright yellow dressbrilliant very bright:The sky was a brilliant blue.vivid (approving) (of colors) bright and strong:His eyes were a vivid green.vibrant (approving) (of colors) bright and strong:The room was decorated in vibrant blues and greens.vivid or vibrant?These two words are very similar, but vivid emphasizes how bright a color is, while vibrant suggests a more lively and exciting color or combination of colors.Patterns bright/brilliant/vivid/vibrant colors bright/brilliant light/sunlight/sunshine/eyes
  3. 3(of someone's imagination) able to form pictures of ideas, situations, etc. easily in the mind
adverb I vividly remember the day we first met.
noun [uncountable] the vividness of my dream
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