Meaning of “vigil” in the English Dictionary

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"vigil" in British English

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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)