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adjective vivid pronunciation in American English /ˈvɪvɪd/
  1. 1
    having or producing very clear and detailed images in the mind
    I’ve been having extraordinarily vivid dreams recently.
    vivid memory/recollection: I have a vivid memory of the first time we met.
    paint a vivid picture (=describe something very clearly): The novel paints a vivid picture of life in the jungle.
    a vivid description/account: I loved my father’s vivid descriptions of foreign cities.
  2. 2
    a vivid example of something shows very clearly that something exists or is true
    The incident is a vivid illustration of the hysteria currently gripping the nation.
  3. 3
    a vivid color is strong and bright
    vivid green leaves
    Marine fish have beautiful vivid colors.

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I still remember it vividly.


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