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vigil

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈvɪdʒ.ɪl/ us  
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.
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