vague ( vaguer comparative) ( vaguest superlative )
1 adj If something written or spoken is vague, it does not explain or express things clearly., (Antonym: precise)
The description was pretty vague., ...vague information.
`I'm not sure,' Liz said vaguely..., They issued a vaguely worded statement.
vagueness n-uncount oft N of n
...the vagueness of the language in the text.
2 adj If you have a vague memory or idea of something, the memory or idea is not clear.
They have only a vague idea of the amount of water available..., Waite's memory of that first meeting was vague.
vaguely adv ADV with v
Judith could vaguely remember her mother lying on the sofa.
3 adj If you are vague about something, you deliberately do not tell people much about it.
He was vague, however, about just what U.S. forces might actually do..., Democratic leaders under election pressure tend to respond with vague promises of action...
4 adj If you describe someone as vague, you mean that they do not seem to be thinking clearly.
She had married a charming but rather vague Englishman..., His eyes were always so vague when he looked at her.
5 adj If something such as a feeling is vague, you experience it only slightly.
usu ADJ n
He was conscious of that vague feeling of irritation again...
6 adj A vague shape or outline is not clear and is therefore not easy to see.
usu ADJ n
The bus was a vague shape in the distance.
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