Meaning of “vague” in the English Dictionary

"vague" in British English

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uk /veɪɡ/ us /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.

C1 not clear in shape, or not clearly seen:

Through the mist I could just make out a vague figure.

C2 A vague person is not able to think clearly, or 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 puts things.

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adverb uk /ˈveɪɡ.li/ us /ˈveɪɡ.li/

I vaguely remembered having met her before.
"He's around somewhere," she said, gesturing vaguely.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈveɪɡ.nəs/ us /ˈveɪɡ.nəs/

Given the vagueness of the directions, I think we did very well to find the place.

(Definition of “vague” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"vague" in American English

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vagueadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /veɪɡ/

not clearly stated, described, or explained, or not clearly seen or felt:

She had a vague feeling that something had gone terribly wrong.
I have only a vague memory of the house where I lived as a child.

A person who is vague is not able or does not wish to state, describe, or explain something clearly:

Officials were vague about the ship’s location.
adverb us /ˈveɪɡ·li/

She stood in silence for several minutes, only vaguely aware of the people around her.

(Definition of “vague” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)