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



    BrE BrE//ˈvɪvɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪvɪd//
    Describing art
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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, colours, etc.) very bright vivid blue eyes the vivid colours and patterns of her designs His eyes were a vivid green. Synonymsbrightbrilliant vivid vibrantThese words all describe things that are shining or full of light or colours that are strong and easy to see.bright full of light; shining strongly; (of colours) strong and easy to see:a bright yellow dressbrilliant very bright:The sky was a brilliant blue.vivid (approving) (of colours) bright and strong:His eyes were a vivid green.vibrant (approving) (of colours) 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 colour is, while vibrant suggests a more lively and exciting colour or combination of colours.Patterns bright/​brilliant/​vivid/​vibrant colours bright/​brilliant light/​sunlight/​sunshine/​eyes See related entries: Describing art
  3. 3(of somebody’s imagination) able to form pictures of ideas, situations, etc. easily in the mind a wonderfully vivid imagination
  4. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin vividus, from vivere ‘to live’.
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