vigil Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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vigilnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈvɪdʒ.ɪl/
an ​act of ​stayingawake, ​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 ​peacemovement held an ​all-nightcandlelit 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 ​stayingawake to be with someone who is ​ill or to ​callpublicattention to something: The boy’s ​parentskept a ​long vigil in his ​hospitalroom. 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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