Definition of vague adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//veɪɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//veɪɡ//
    (vaguer, vaguest)
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  1. 1not clear in a person’s mind to have a vague impression/memory/recollection of something They had only a vague idea where the place was.
  2. 2vague (about something) not having or giving enough information or details about something She's a little vague about her plans for next year. The politicians made vague promises about tax cuts. He was accused of being deliberately vague. We had only a vague description of the attacker. He outlined the policy in vague terms.
  3. 3(of a person’s behaviour) suggesting a lack of clear thought or attention synonym absent-minded His vague manner concealed a brilliant mind.
  4. 4not having a clear shape synonym indistinct In the darkness they could see the vague outline of a church. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from French, or from Latin vagus ‘wandering, uncertain’.Extra examples Her directions were hopelessly vague. I am vague about what happened during the rest of the night. I was suitably vague as to exactly how I had acquired the money. It was a vague enough concept for the liberals to unite around. It was a vague enough suggestion for everyone to be happy with it. She seems to be getting rather vague as she grows older. Since the officers knew little themselves their reassurances were necessarily vague. The identity of the city in the novel is deliberately left vague. The law is notoriously vague on this point. The statement was vague in its wording. You’re being deliberately vague. an inherently vague and subjective concept I have a vague recollection of meeting him when I was a child. She’s a little vague about her plans for next year.
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