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vagueadjective

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. Their report is studiously/deliberately vague on future economic prospects.

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vaguely
adverb uk   /ˈveɪɡ.li/  us   /ˈveɪɡ.li/
I vaguely remembered having met her before. "He's around somewhere," she said, gesturing vaguely.
vagueness
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)

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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.
vaguely
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)
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