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adjective     /veɪɡ/
C1 not clearly expressed , known , described , or decided : I do have a vague memory of meeting her many years ago. The patient had complained of vague pains and backache .UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable C1 not clear in shape , or not clearly seen : Through the mist I could just make out a vague figure .Indistinct and invisible C2 describes someone who is not able to think clearly , or who gives an impression of not thinking clearly in order to hide their real thoughts : My aunt is incredibly vague - she can never remember where she's left things. Their report is studiously vague (= intentionally not exact ) on future economic prospects .Difficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse Grammar:DowntonersDowntoners are words or phrases which reduce the force of another word or phrase. Downtoning is the opposite of emphasising. The most common downtoners are:Grammar:Downtoners: using vague languageWe use vague language such as kind of…, sort of … or the suffix -ish to reduce the force of a word or phrase:Grammar:Vague expressionsVague language is very common, especially in speaking. We often add words and phrases such as about, kind of, sort of, and that kind of thing to make what we say less factual and direct: vaguely     /-li/ adverb I vaguely remembered having met her before.UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable vagueness     /-nəs/ noun [U] UncertaintyHesitatingAchievable
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