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When we put the pen to paper, we articulate things in our life that we may have felt vague about. Before you write about something, somebody says, 'How do you feel?' and you say, 'Oh, I feel okay.' Then you write about it, and you discover you don't feel okay.
Julia Cameron

Meaning of "vague" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD VAGUE

Via French from Latin vagus wandering, of obscure origin.
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PRONUNCIATION OF VAGUE

vague  [veɪɡ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF VAGUE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Vague is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES VAGUE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Vagueness

In analytic philosophy and linguistics, a concept may be considered vague if its extension is deemed lacking in clarity, if there is uncertainty about which objects belong to the concept or which exhibit characteristics that have this predicate, or if the Sorites paradox applies to the concept or predicate. In everyday speech, vagueness is an inevitable, often even desired effect of language usage. However, in most specialized texts, vagueness is distracting.

Definition of vague in the English dictionary

The first definition of vague in the dictionary is not explicit; imprecise. Other definition of vague is not clearly perceptible or discernible; indistinct. Vague is also not clearly or definitely established or known.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH VAGUE


antiplague
ˌæntɪˈpleɪɡ
beaumontague
ˌbəʊmɒnˈteɪɡ
gyrovague
ˈdʒaɪrəˌveɪɡ
Hague
heɪɡ
Haig
heɪɡ
plague
pleɪɡ
renegue
rɪˈneɪɡ
stravaig
strəˈveɪɡ
taig
teɪɡ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE VAGUE

vaginectomies
vaginectomy
vaginismus
vaginitis
vaginosis
vaginula
vagitus
vagotomies
vagotomy
vagotonia
vagotonic
vagotropic
vagrancies
vagrancy
vagrant
vagrom
vaguely
vagueness
vagus
vagus nerve

WORDS THAT END LIKE VAGUE

Arab League
blague
colleague
football league
in league
Ivy League
Ivy-League
Junior League
league
Little League
major league
minor league
National League
non-league
Nouvelle Vague
Prague
Premier League
rugby league
The Hague
the Ivy League

Synonyms and antonyms of vague in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «VAGUE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «vague» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of vague

Translation of «vague» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF VAGUE

Find out the translation of vague to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of vague from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «vague» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

含糊的
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

impreciso
570 millions of speakers

English

vague
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

अस्पष्ट
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مُبْهَم
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

неясный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

vago
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

অস্পষ্ট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

vague
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Samar
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

vage
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

曖昧な
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

막연한
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ora cetho
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không rõ ràng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தெளிவற்ற
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अस्पष्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

belirsiz
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

vago
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

niesprecyzowany
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

невизначений
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

vag
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ασαφής
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

vaag
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

vag
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

vag
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of vague

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «VAGUE»

The term «vague» is very widely used and occupies the 13.632 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «VAGUE» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about vague

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10 QUOTES WITH «VAGUE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word vague.
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George Ade
For parlor use, the vague generality is a life saver.
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A. R. Ammons
For though we often need to be restored to the small, concrete, limited, and certain, we as often need to be reminded of the large, vague, unlimited, unknown.
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A. R. Ammons
If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
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Bernardo Bertolucci
What happened in the late Fifties, early Sixties in French cinema was a fantastic revolution. I was in Italy, but completely in love with the nouvelle vague movement, and directors like Godard, Truffaut, Demy. 'The Dreamers' was a total homage to cinema and that love for it.
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Henry Bessemer
In such a case secrecy must be absolute to be effective, and although mere vague curiosity induced many persons of my intimate acquaintance to ask to be allowed to just go in and have a peep, I never admitted anyone.
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Eric Betzig
Honestly, I feel you are poisoned if you read too much of the scientific literature because it makes you start thinking like other people. You're better off having a vague sense of what's going on and making your own way.
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Italo Calvino
What is modern art but the attempt to pinpoint vague, incorporeal, inexpressible sensations? What is modern art, I would add, but the most solemn pile of nonsense that ever appeared on Earth?
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Julia Cameron
When we put the pen to paper, we articulate things in our life that we may have felt vague about. Before you write about something, somebody says, 'How do you feel?' and you say, 'Oh, I feel okay.' Then you write about it, and you discover you don't feel okay.
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Rene Cassin
As a consequence of these hesitations and of the vague character of such innovations, the Commission on Human Rights itself had doubts from the beginning about its role and its functions in general.
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Kate Chopin
But the beginning of things, of a world especially, is necessarily vague, tangled, chaotic, and exceedingly disturbing. How few of us ever emerge from such beginning! How many souls perish in its tumult!

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «VAGUE»

Discover the use of vague in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to vague and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Terrain Vague: Interstices at the Edge of the Pale
From vacant lots and railroad tracks, to more diverse interstitial spaces, this collection of original essays and cases presents innovative ways of looking at marginal urban space, with studies from the United States, Europe and the Middle ...
PATRICK BARRON, Manuela Mariani, 2013
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Statistics with Vague Data
' The book is intended to be tutorial research compendium and, as such, can be thoroughly recommended. ' The International Statistical Review
Rudolf Kruse, Klaus Dieter Meyer, 1987
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Thriving on Vague Objectives: A Dilbert Collection
I think that idiot bosses are timeless, and as long as there are annoying people in the world, I won't run out of material.—Scott Adams Dilbert and the gang are back for this 26th collection, Thriving on Vague Objectives.
Scott Adams, 2011
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Vague: The Fashion Parody
A humorous spoof on fashion magazines roasts fashion designs, advertisements, perfumes, movie reviews, dieting and horoscopes
Thomas Hagey, 1997
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Vague Souvenir
Vague Souvenir: a WWII novelMarine Leroy is a French child fiercely attached to her tutor.
Claude Lambert, 2011
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Vague Memories
This is a tale that will encourage and inspire because of the simplicity of life, yet the richness of spirit. As a fellow mother of a child with Down syndrome, I found Joanna's accounts of her sister, Kasia, to be especially touching.
Joanna Puciata, Ellen Stumbo, 2013
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A Preface to Morality
of this notoriously ambiguous word'; and here he says (as quoted above) that it is 'ambiguous and even vague'. I hope to show that this is not in fact the case; but even in advance of such discussion we may well wonder whether it could be the  ...
John Wilson, 1987
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Freedom of Speech: A Reference Guide to the United States ...
There is this difference, however: unlike the doctrines of prior restraint and overbreadth, the constitutional prohibition against unduly vague statutes is not a product of the First Amendment. The vagueness doctrine arises from the constitutional ...
Keith Werhan, 2004
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Fuzzy Systems and Knowledge Discovery[: Third International ...
Vague set are more accurate to describe some vague information than fuzzy set[ 11,12,13,14]. Although vague set generalized fuzzy set, it is a pity that the existing theories and approaches of fuzzy knowledge acquisition are not applied to ...
Lipo Wang, 2006
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Advances in Computational Intelligence
Wen Yu, Edgar N. Sanchez. Vague Query Based on Vague Relational Model Faxin Zhao1 and Z.M. Ma2 1 School of Information Science and Technology, Zhanjiang Normal University Zhanjiang, Guangdong 524048, China ...
Wen Yu, Edgar N. Sanchez, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «VAGUE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term vague is used in the context of the following news items.
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Police Receive Vague Information on McMechen Abduction Case
Marshall County Chief Deputy Bill Helms said that something happened, because the sheriff's department was asked to help, but the information was vague. «WTRF, Jul 15»
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Nanny State of the Week: Vague nuisance laws let officials mandate …
Citing vague and ill-defined nuisance laws, officials in St. Alban's Township, Ohio, are trying to make two residents to mow their lawn and destroy two years' ... «Watchdog.org, Jul 15»
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High court strikes down 'vague' part of career criminal law
The justices ruled that a catchall phrase in the Armed Career Criminal Act defining what crimes make a defendant eligible for a longer prison term is too vague. «The Seattle Times, Jun 15»
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R.I. Realtors Association says details 'vague' on how vacation-home …
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Governor Raimondo's proposed new state tax on short-term vacation home rentals is cumbersome, and the details of implementation ... «The Providence Journal, Jun 15»
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'Vague' job ads waste applicants' and employers' time – Citizens …
Many online job ads are “vague” and could waste people's time because they are unclear about hours, pay and other important issues, according to Citizens ... «The Guardian, Jun 15»
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Information on PM's travel expenses wide and vague: PMO
Office has informed that the information sought is too vague and wide," under secretary PK Sharma of the PMO said. Earlier this week, Congress President Sonia ... «Hindustan Times, May 15»
7
BC Liberals vague on future plan for forestry sector
The budget, however, is vague about what changes that strategy might bring. “Our government is committed to making B.C.'s forest industry a sunrise industry ... «The Globe and Mail, Feb 15»
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Maine court to decide whether bath salts law too vague
PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments Thursday on whether the state's bath salts law is so vague that it is unconstitutional. «Bangor Daily News, Feb 15»
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'Maharashtra Right to Services Bill vague, ineffective'
Activists have welcomed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' efforts to ensure accountability to citizens but have termed his Right to Services Bill, ... «The Hindu, Feb 15»
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Fears eased regarding vague threat to Memphis bridges
An FBI source says a collaborative of law enforcement agencies surveyed both the I-40 and I-55 bridges after a vague threat was reported on Friday. «WMC Action News 5, Dec 14»

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