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adjective     /ˈvɪv.ɪd/
B2 Vivid descriptions, memories, etc. produce very clear, powerful, and detailed images in the mind: He gave a very vivid and often shocking account/description of his time in prison. He's one of those people with a very vivid imagination - every time he hears a noise he's convinced it's someone breaking in.Having a powerful effectStrong feelingsVery and extreme B2 very brightly coloured: She was wearing a vivid pink shirt.The qualities of colour vividly     /-li/ adverb B2 I vividly remember my first day at school.Having a powerful effectStrong feelingsVery and extreme vividness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Power and intensityEnergy, force and power
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