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vague

EN[veɪɡ] [-eɪɡ]
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    Definition of vague in English Dictionary

  • NounPLvagues
    1. OBS A wandering; a vagary.
      1. An indefinite expanse.
      2. VerbSGvaguesPRvaguingPT, PPvagued
        1. To wander; to roam; to stray.
        2. AdjectiveCOMvaguerSUPvaguest
          1. Not clearly expressed; stated in indefinite terms.
            1. It follows from what has been said that a vague thought has more likelihood of being true than a precise one. To try and hit an object with a vague thought is like trying to hit the bull's eye with a lump of putty: when the putty reaches the target, it flattens out all over it, and probably covers the bull's eye along with the rest. To try and hit an object with a precise thought is like trying to hit the bull's eye with a bullet. The advantage of the precise thought is that it distinguishes between the bull's eye and the rest of the target.
          2. Not having a precise meaning.
            1. a vague term of abuse ‎
          3. Not clearly defined, grasped, or understood; indistinct; slight.
            1. only a vague notion of what’s needed;  a vague hint of a thickening waistline;  I haven’t the vaguest idea. ‎
          4. Not clearly felt or sensed; somewhat subconscious.
            1. a vague longing ‎
          5. Not thinking or expressing one’s thoughts clearly or precisely.
            1. Lacking expression; vacant.
              1. Not sharply outlined; hazy.
                1. He walked. To the corner of Hamilton Place and Picadilly, and there stayed for a while, for it is a romantic station by night. The vague and careless rain looked like threads of gossamer silver passing across the light of the arc-lamps.
              2. Wandering; vagrant; vagabond.
              3. More Examples
                1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                  • 11 January 1929 Chicago Tribune - SENATE WARS ON VAGUE TERMS OF ANTI-WAR PACT
                  • And, too, I suffer a vague feeling of unsatisfaction, of regret, of almost remorse, from which I am seeking relief, and of which I shall speak in the last paragraph of this account.
                  • They may present as vague abdominal pain, acute abdomen, and an asymptomatic pelviabdominal mass, with features of hormonal derangement, or be discovered incidentally on a routine imaging.
                2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                  • The objection begins with the idea that the conscious −a/unconscious boundary is not introspectable, and concludes that there is no reason to suppose that that boundary is not vague.
              • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
                1. Adjectives
                  • Nouns
                    • Countable nouns
                    • Verbs
                    Related Links:
                    1. fr vague
                    2. en vaguely
                    3. en vagueness
                    4. en vaguer
                    5. fr vaguer
                    Source: Wiktionary
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                    Grammatically, this word "vague" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun. It's also a verb.
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