Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective On the alert, as for danger or error; watchful. synonym: careful.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Watchful, as one who watches during the hours for sleep; ever awake and on the alert; attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; circumspect; cautious; wary.
  • Indicating vigilance.
  • Synonyms 1. Wakeful, etc. See watchful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Attentive to discover and avoid danger, or to provide for safety; wakeful; watchful; circumspect; wary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Watchful, especially for danger or disorder; alert; wary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective carefully observant or attentive; on the lookout for possible danger

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vigilāns, vigilant-, present participle of vigilāre, to be watchful; see vigilante.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French vigilant or its source, Latin vigilans, present participle of vigilare ("stay awake"), from vigil ("awake").

Examples

  • "The focus for Thursday is on the ECB meeting and whether or not Trichet uses the code word 'vigilant,'" analysts at BNP Paribas SA including Ray Attrill, a senior currency strategist in New York, wrote in a note yesterday.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • "The focus for Thursday is on the ECB meeting and whether or not Trichet uses the code word 'vigilant,'" wrote analysts at BNP Paribas SA including Ray Attrill, a senior currency strategist in New York in a note yesterday.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Euro bulls had insisted in hearing the word "vigilant" from ECB Chief Trichet in order to feel reassured that the euro's ascent was deserving of its expected yield differential widening.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Finally, the American people should remain vigilant, but also be confident.

    Press Conference on Terrorist Attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the Protests in Iran

  • We must remain vigilant and prepared for REAL threats against our nation as opposed to those imagined by these two failed "leaders" of the Republic party.

    Potential 2012 candidates knock Obama on missile defense

  • The president also said that the country should remain vigilant, because despite of Noordin's death the terrorist cells he created are still eluding capture [id], therefore the world needs to join hands in combating the roots of extremism and terrorism.

    Global Voices in English » Indonesia: Most wanted man confirmed dead

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  • While we still must remain vigilant, we know these guys provide us with an extra measure of security at all times.

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