vague - definition and synonyms


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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.