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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: vigil /ˈvɪdʒɪl/ 
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pluralvigils
  1. 1
    a period of time, especially at night, when you stay in a place to wait for something or to give your support to someone

    Bill kept a constant vigil by his wife's bed during her illness.

    1. a.
      a quiet political protest held at night

      About 50 people held a candlelight vigil outside the prison.

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