Adjective "Vigilant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.
  1. 'Dog owners should be extremely vigilant and wary of anyone showing an unusual interest in their pet.'
  2. 'Continue to go about your day-to-day business in the normal way, but remain alert and vigilant.'
  3. 'Of course you should be vigilant with your finances and budget carefully but hoarding money is not the answer.'
  4. 'Yes I do agree that parents should be vigilant in what they let their children watch.'
  5. 'We are also urged to be vigilant for suspicious behaviour, vehicles and packages.'
  6. 'Also we ask all parishioners to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on this amenity.'
  7. 'We have to remain ever vigilant and issue extra advice to their offices on the possible risk of an anthrax attack.'
  8. 'As women we need to remain vigilant and watch how our South African Constitution is put into practice.'
  9. 'London remains on a high state of alert and everyone needs to be vigilant, said Sir John.'
  10. 'Once again, we appeal to the community to be vigilant and to keep a watchful eye out for the elderly.'


1. keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.

2. ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be vigilant about things."

"runners can be vigilant of events."

"people can be vigilant to guards."

"people can be vigilant to pressures."

"people can be vigilant in terms."

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Late 15th century: from Latin vigilant- ‘keeping awake’, from the verb vigilare, from vigil (see vigil).