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VAGUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does vague mean? 

VAGUE (adjective)
  The adjective VAGUE has 3 senses:

1. not clearly understood or expressed
2. not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished
3. lacking clarity or distinctness

  Familiarity information: VAGUE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


VAGUE (adjective)


Sense 1vague [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not clearly understood or expressed

Synonyms:

obscure; vague

Context examples:

an obscure turn of phrase / an impulse to go off and fight certain obscure battles of his own spirit / their descriptions of human behavior become vague, dull, and unclear / vague...forms of speech...have so long passed for mysteries of science

Similar:

unclear (not clear to the mind)


Sense 2vague [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not precisely limited, determined, or distinguished

Synonyms:

undefined; vague

Context examples:

an undefined term / undefined authority / some undefined sense of excitement / vague feelings of sadness / a vague uneasiness

Similar:

indefinable; undefinable (not capable of being precisely or readily described; not easily put into words)

Also:

indefinite (vague or not clearly defined or stated)


Sense 3vague [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking clarity or distinctness

Synonyms:

dim; faint; shadowy; wispy; vague

Context examples:

a dim figure in the distance / only a faint recollection / shadowy figures in the gloom / saw a vague outline of a building through the fog / a few wispy memories of childhood

Similar:

indistinct (not clearly defined or easy to perceive or understand)


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