vague Definition

  • 1unclear or uncertain in meaning, intention, or reference
  • 2not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed

Using vague: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "vague" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She gave a vague answer to the question.

  • Example

    The instructions were too vague to follow.

  • Example

    He had only a vague idea of what was happening.

  • Example

    The details of the plan were still vague.

vague Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for vague

Idioms Using vague

  • in a manner that is not clear or specific


    He described the problem in a vague way, making it difficult to understand.

  • not providing clear or specific information about something


    She was vague about her plans for the weekend.

  • not having a clear or detailed understanding of something


    He was vague on the details of the proposal.

Phrases with vague

  • a recollection that is not clear or precise


    I have a vague memory of meeting her before.

  • an idea or concept that is not well-defined or understood


    He had a vague notion of what he wanted to do with his life.

  • a commitment that is not specific or definite


    He made a vague promise to help me with my project.

Origins of vague

from Old French 'vague', meaning 'wandering, vague, or empty'


Summary: vague in Brief

'Vague' [veɪɡ] describes something that is unclear, uncertain, or not well-defined. It can refer to ideas, concepts, memories, promises, and plans, as in 'The instructions were too vague to follow.' 'Vague' has idiomatic uses like 'vague about something,' meaning not providing clear information, and 'vague on something,' meaning not having a clear understanding.

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