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vigilnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈvɪdʒ.əl/  us   /ˈvɪdʒ.əl/
an act of staying awake, especially at night, in order to be with a person who is very ill or dying, or to make a protest, 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.
(Definition of vigil from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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vigilnoun [C]

 us   /ˈvɪdʒ·əl/
a period of staying awake to be with someone who is ill or to call public attention to something: The boy’s parents kept a long vigil in his hospital room. A candlelight vigil on the steps of the courthouse was held to protest the verdict in this trial.
(Definition of vigil from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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