not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
indefinite or indistinct in nature or character, as ideas or feelings: a vague premonition of disaster.
not clear or distinct to the sight or any other sense; perceptible or recognizable only in an indefinite way: vague shapes in the dark;vague murmurs behind a door.
not definitely established, determined, confirmed, or known; uncertain: a vague rumor; The date of his birth is vague.
(of persons) not clear or definite in thought, understanding, or expression: vague about his motives;a vague person.
(of the eyes, expression, etc.) showing lack of clear perception or understanding: a vague stare.
- vague·ly, adverb
- vague·ness, noun
- un·vague, adjective
- un·vague·ness, noun
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How to use vague in a sentence
Amazon’s tip-reimbursement policy was not vague, spokeswoman Rena Lunak said in a statement.Amazon shortchanged drivers $61.7 million in tips. Now it has settled with the FTC to pay up | Jay Greene | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
While the company has not given a specific date, the vague outline it has given means the update could arrive either in late March or some point in April.Cheat Sheet: As Apple preps IDFA crackdown for ‘early spring’, here’s everything you need to know | Seb Joseph | January 29, 2021 | Digiday
Unfortunately, the early warning signals are kind of vague and nonspecific.How to Fix the Incentives in Cancer Research (Ep. 449) | Stephen J. Dubner | January 28, 2021 | Freakonomics
As to whether Cisco would have kept selling its Kinetic for Cities software if it wasn’t for the coronavirus pandemic, Diedrich was vague.
The 42-year-old, who lost his job because of the pandemic and started working as a runner at a hospital, said the government’s communication has been too vague.As deaths surge, Sweden reverses its light touch approach to contain rising infections | Katherine Dunn | January 13, 2021 | Fortune
But McCulloch remained vague about the issues that he says we need to address.
What that something will be—who it will hurt, and who will do the hurting—remains somewhat vague.The Right Wing Screams for the Wambulance Over Gay Marriage Ruling | Walter Olson | October 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But Horrigan says the site weeds out red flags like vague or unlisted addresses.
Give Yourself a Real Reward Sure, some people might be motivated by vague goals such as “better health” or “weight control.”4 Science-Backed Ways to Motivate Yourself to Work Out | DailyBurn | September 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But I think that people who have challenged it sometimes are kind of vague in their reasons for the challenge.A Trailblazer in YA Dystopian Fiction: An Interview With 'The Giver' Author Lois Lowry | Marianne Hayes | August 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
vague murmurs of doubt and surprise reached the ears of two of the British magistrates.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
"You seem to be as much at home here as in London," said Mrs. Armine, in a voice that was rather vague.Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
He had only very vague ideas of justice as administered by law and, at present, he cared little about that.Dorothy at Skyrie | Evelyn Raymond
Mr. Pontellier had a vague suspicion of it which he thought it needless to mention at that late day.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
She was so bewildered as to be more alive to the present distress of his condition than to the vague horrors downstairs.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for vague
(of statements, meaning, etc) not explicit; imprecise: vague promises
not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct: a vague idea; a vague shape
not clearly or definitely established or known: a vague rumour
(of a person or his expression) demonstrating lack of precision or clear thinking; absent-minded
- vaguely, adverb
- vagueness, noun
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