- keenly watchful to detect danger; wary: a vigilant sentry.
- ever awake and alert; sleeplessly watchful.
Origin of vigilant
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2. wide-awake, sleepless.
2. See alert.
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- keenly alert to or heedful of trouble or danger, as while others are sleeping or unsuspicious
C15: from Latin vigilāns keeping awake, from vigilāre to be watchful; see vigil
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Word Origin and History for vigilantly
late 15c., from Latin vigilantia "wakefulness," from vigilia (see vigil). Related: Vigilantly.
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