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English definition of “vigil”


noun [C or U]     /ˈvɪdʒ.ɪl/
an act of staying awake , especially at night , in order to be with an ill person , or to express especially political disagreement , or to pray : His parents kept vigil beside his bed for weeks before he died . Supporters of the peace movement held an all-night candlelit vigil outside the cathedral .Not sleeping and not unconscious
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