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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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His vigilant gaze allowed the dog to slip out the door while he wasn’t looking.
How to use vigilant in a sentence
It’s possible landlords will attempt to use this reasoning to proceed with an eviction before the end of the year, so tenants should stay vigilant in terms of following the rules of their lease.Everything to know about Trump’s halt on evictions|Aric Jenkins|September 3, 2020|Fortune
I always have to be aware and vigilant, but this is the career that I signed up for.Full Transcript: Tomi Lahren on ‘The Carlos Watson Show’|Daniel Malloy|August 31, 2020|Ozy
Scientists cannot understand wolverine migratory patterns if they don’t see when they move and where they’re going, she says, but since the animals are so elusive, scientists won’t get that information without these super vigilant tracking efforts.Mount Rainier’s first wolverine mama in a century is a sign of the species’ comeback|Hannah Seo|August 28, 2020|Popular-Science
If they’ve entered your life in a time where you can shower love on them all day and things suddenly change, you’ll want to be extra vigilant in watching for symptoms of stress.
“You have to just watch and be somewhat vigilant,” Golub said.The City Is Walking a Fine Line in Demanding Millions From Its Next Power Provider|MacKenzie Elmer|August 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Nervous fans can keep a vigilant eye on it via a webcam hosted on the town website that offers 24-hour goat viewing.
Bershin, who worked with the Ukrainian police before rebels took control of Donetsk, says officers have to be extra vigilant.
This species of penguin was showered with positive coverage throughout the 20th century by a supposedly vigilant press.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They washed their hands methodically under the vigilant eye of Fatu.
Beyond that, it has made the activists themselves more vigilant.
Vigilant eyes and sharp judgments have long swept over Europe in search of them.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
That extremely vigilant body, the London Fire Brigade, had their nearest engines out in two minutes.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
Nellie was always jealous of the welfare of the working class, and was ever vigilant as to its interests.The Underworld|James C. Welsh
Vigilant priests were always ready to extinguish systems which could not be made to tally with their interests.Superstition In All Ages (1732)|Jean Meslier
No matter how vigilant the Federals were, Mosby was sure to find an opportunity for attacking.