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Keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties.‘the burglar was spotted by vigilant neighbours’
watchful, on the lookout, observant, sharp-eyed, keen-eyed, gimlet-eyed, eagle-eyed, hawk-eyed, with eyes like a hawk, with one's eyes open, keeping one's eyes peeled, keeping one's eyes skinned, attentive, paying attention, alert, on the alert, on one's toes, on the qui viveView synonyms
- ‘Yes I do agree that parents should be vigilant in what they let their children watch.’
- ‘As a community we need to be on our guard, and remain vigilant to try to combat this problem.’
- ‘Meanwhile, we can all play our part by remaining vigilant and reporting suspicious behaviour.’
- ‘Once again, we appeal to the community to be vigilant and to keep a watchful eye out for the elderly.’
- ‘He also urged individuals to be vigilant in watching for offenders and to report them to their local councillor.’
- ‘Of course you should be vigilant with your finances and budget carefully but hoarding money is not the answer.’
- ‘We were warned to be vigilant and alert to what the road users around us were doing.’
- ‘We must keep alert and vigilant to the future plans of the developers.’
- ‘We are also urged to be vigilant for suspicious behaviour, vehicles and packages.’
- ‘We were warned to be vigilant and wary of those who continue to seek dominance over others.’
- ‘So the entrepreneur is always vigilant for ways of improving product performance and reducing costs.’
- ‘As women we need to remain vigilant and watch how our South African Constitution is put into practice.’
- ‘We have to remain ever vigilant and issue extra advice to their offices on the possible risk of an anthrax attack.’
- ‘For unless you are vigilant and eagle eyed, you may not spot a fake note at the right time.’
- ‘Also we ask all parishioners to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on this amenity.’
- ‘I would appeal to people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour near farms.’
- ‘In other words, unions and their members need to continue to be wary and vigilant.’
- ‘London remains on a high state of alert and everyone needs to be vigilant, said Sir John.’
- ‘Dog owners should be extremely vigilant and wary of anyone showing an unusual interest in their pet.’
- ‘Continue to go about your day-to-day business in the normal way, but remain alert and vigilant.’
Late 15th century: from Latin vigilant- ‘keeping awake’, from the verb vigilare, from vigil (see vigil).
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