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Origin of vigilant
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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vigilantvigilant , vigilante.
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What does vigilant mean?
To be vigilant is to be watchful or alert for danger or some other kind of trouble.
Vigilant can describe a person or an action. It is often used when talking about keeping something out or in—whether that means keeping mistakes out of your work, robbers out of your home, or the dog inside the house.
Example: We must be vigilant if we want to protect our home from invaders.
Where does vigilant come from?
The first records of vigilant in English come from the 1470s. It comes from the Latin word vigilāns (meaning “keeping awake”), which is derived from the Latin word vigilāre (meaning “to be watchful”). It is related to other words that imply watchfulness (and sometimes potential danger), such as vigil and vigilante. In fact, the Latin word vigil means “sentry,” a person who stands guard, such as to look out for dangers such as invaders, escapees, or fire.
To be vigilant, then, is to behave like a guard who watches to make sure that bad things don’t happen. Of course, those bad things can take many forms, depending on the context in which vigilant is used. Someone might tell you to be vigilant while walking home in the dark. A shepherd needs to be vigilant for wolves. But being vigilant sometimes involves watching out for unknown dangers. A parent might be vigilant when monitoring their children’s internet use. And election officials may keep a vigilant watch over voters. In all cases, being vigilant means being watchful and alert without letting your guard down. It doesn’t always have to involve the potential for danger or trouble, but it usually does.
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What are some other forms of vigilant?
- vigilance (noun)
- vigilantly (adverb)
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How is vigilant used in real life?
Vigilant is often used in serious contexts, such as safety, politics, and national security.
There's been a recent spate of bike burglaries in the Wrenthorpe and Alverthorpe area from locked/alarmed garages between 3am and 5am. Please be vigilant and, of course, keep your prized bikes locked and secured.
— Calder Clarion CC (@CalderClarion) February 18, 2020
You need to watch this so that you really understand, going forward from now, that you can never trust videos again. Be vigilant. https://t.co/owOe10dVbj
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) February 19, 2020
You don't often hear appreciation for banks, but I have to say I'm glad my bank is so vigilant about picking up on credit card fraud. I had a call last night that my card was compromised. Apparently I ordered Skip the Dishes. As far as I know, we can't do that in #CornerBrook.
— Bernice Hillier (@BerniceCBC) February 11, 2020
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Is vigilant used correctly in the following sentence?
His vigilant gaze allowed the dog to slip out the door while he wasn’t looking.
Example sentences from the Web for vigilant
Nervous fans can keep a vigilant eye on it via a webcam hosted on the town website that offers 24-hour goat viewing.
They washed their hands methodically under the vigilant eye of Fatu.
A vigilant tourist snapped a picture on her cellphone and showed guards who caught the kids before they could escape.Pompeii Made It Through a Volcano, but Can It Survive Vandals?|Barbie Latza Nadeau|March 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bieber tried to sneak out of the house, covering himself in a sheet, but vigilant photographers caught him in the act.Justin Bieber’s No Good, Very Bad Year: Alleged Prostitutes, Reckless Driving, and More|Amy Zimmerman|December 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Nairobi residents receive alerts and warnings from embassies on a monthly sometimes-weekly basis telling them to be vigilant.Slaughter in Nairobi: Bloody Siege in Shopping Mall Kills Dozens|Margot Kiser|September 22, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The arm of the Inquisition was long, its watch was vigilant, and its weapons were subtle.Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam|Ephraim Emerton
He is early taught to be sharp in bargains, and vigilant for every advantage.Twelve Causes of Dishonesty|Henry Ward Beecher
I have no fears of an attack on this place, yet I shall be as vigilant as though an attack were certain.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849|William Henry Gray
He dwelt strongly upon the difficulty of withdrawing the army in the face of so vigilant and powerful an enemy.Burgoyne's Invasion of 1777|Samuel Adams Drake
Like the Hollanders, they became great by the very wretchedness of their site, and the vigilant industry it enforced.Mexico, Aztec, Spanish and Republican Vol. 1 of 2|Brantz Mayer