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adjective vague pronunciation in British English /veɪɡ/
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  1. 1
    not clearly or fully explained
    Some aspects of the law were somewhat vague and ill-defined.
    Witnesses gave only a vague description of the driver.
    vague promises: The politicians made vague promises about independence.
    1. a.
      someone who is vague does not clearly or fully explain something
      He was always vague when I asked about deadlines.
      vague about: She was rather vague about the details of the incident.
  2. 2
    a vague feeling, memory etc is not complete, accurate, or fully formed
    a vague idea/notion/impression: Simon had only a vague idea of where she worked.
    a vague memory/recollection: I’ve got a vague memory of the hotel.
    a vague feeling/suspicion: She had a vague suspicion that something was wrong.
  3. 3
    a vague shape is not clear or not easy to see
    In the distance, they could just make out the vague outline of a large animal.


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