Vaguely is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand vaguely (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use vaguely in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of vaguely, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of vaguely, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adverb) - in a vague way
EXAMPLES - Vaguely in a Sentence
- The seasons come and go, again vaguely personified. (source)
- For an explanation of what I have here called vaguely (source)
- The last translation used a term vaguely familiar to Alex. (source)
- Yet the certainty in his expression vaguely frightened her. (source)
- An expression vaguely reminiscent of appreciation crossed her face. (source)
- He remembered the name vaguely as one of some old friend of the family. (source)
- I recall vaguely coming semi-awake once and hearing a voice say, 'He can take more. (source)
- It is a word vaguely familiar yet disturbingly foreign to me, its meaning an anomaly. (source)
- While my uncle was dressing, he called vaguely to mind the visitor of the preceding night. (source)
- A piaster was a lowdenomination Egyptian coin vaguely equivalent in value to an American penny. (source)
- He recalled vaguely that he was supposed to take Bane back to Arianus, start the machine working. (source)
- McCain vaguely suggest Iraq withdrawal after his "first term" in 2013 .... hmmmm ... sound familiar? (source)
- Former Treasury Secretary Rubin vaguely warned that China's ascendance may backfire in the not-too-distant future. (source)
- He called vaguely for "a new kind of leadership" and "a new kind of governance," less ego-driven and celebrity-oriented. (source)
- Shari'a, a term vaguely but routinely translated as "Islamic law" with broad connotations of immutability and universality. (source)
- There is a possibility that Appian has used the term vaguely: but there is no real difficulty in conceiving the _municipia_ to be meant. (source)
- In my youth people sometimes called me a poet, and though they employed the term vaguely and at random, yet it was not wholly unjustified. (source)
- Millions, and because the Master Monstruwacan called vaguely with his brain-elements; so that I went ever more warily, and did look all ways. (source)
- What neighbors and friends know, if vaguely, is what led up to that moment: a concert at Jiffy Lube Live, drinking, an encounter with his parents. (source)
- My human part recalled vaguely that in its heyday the Middle Kingdom had regarded everybody else as barbarians, useless for anything except tribute. (source)
- And John Hughes, because my title vaguely reminds me of The Breakfast Club tag line about a brain, an athlete, a basketcase, a princess and a criminal. (source)
- I nodded; I recalled vaguely from a long-ago botany lecture hearing that willow bark in fact contained salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin. (source)
- National Liberals were valuable allies for Bismarck during a whole generation because their name vaguely suggested a combination of patriotism and freedom. (source)
- He had read himself to sleep the night before, a book chosen because he found the title vaguely familiar, but the choice had been poor and haunted his dreams. (source)
- These two incidents illustrate several things about the view of morality that operates today in vaguely liberal institutions like the health service or the BBC. (source)
- I recall vaguely being lost in the snow and I have often heard Dad speak of Hillery's kindness and care; he used to say that the trapper had saved both our lives. (source)
- Gee, the name vaguely rings a bell, but, of course, you know, I would have shaken hands with him just like I shake hands with, you know, eight million people a year. (source)
- He remembered the five hundred dollars of which he had been robbed, and he also recalled vaguely the conversation he had with a woman inspector in the store immediately after. (source)
- Just because the articles you linked to are using the term vaguely doesn't mean that I am. the extreme examples include charging farmers for their livestock's methane gas output. (source)
- You search for an artist and, once you find a track you like, have to click through to an advertiser-sponsored page which includes your track and others in vaguely similar genres. (source)
- "Thanks," he said; and after he had drawn forward a chair he repeated the word vaguely and comprehensively -- "Thanks" -- as if to cover as many demands for gratitude as she could make. (source)
- From scraps of conversation I gleaned that there had been mysterious occurrences at the convent, -- ending in the theft of what the reverend father called vaguely, "a quantity of undermuslins." (source)
- If the semantic area of a word vaguely resembles the spectrum, an almost infinite number of gradations would be theoretically possible, and detecting hosts of meanings would be anything but desirable. (source)
- I recall vaguely that there were beds all about us, which in due course would doubtless sprout into rows of pale green objects -- peas and artichokes, or beans and cabbages maybe; I don't know, I am sure. (source)
- -- Obama, trying to satisfy critics who say the time-machine name vaguely reminds them of The New York Times, produces records stating that Limbaugh's radio studio was transported back to '61 in a Fox News machine. (source)
- Those of you who care will have noticed that I'm working my way through classic Who in vaguely historical order; so since I finished the first three Doctors last year, I've been gradually ticking off the Tom Baker stories. (source)
- She recalled vaguely that she'd been too busy to eat dinner; in any case, she'd long ago given up buying the overpriced slumgullion doled out by the junk machines in the breakroom to those who worked on after regular hours. (source)
- Szajba, which vaguely translates as "something between madness and fury," attracts a young, well-coifed crowd with its airy '60s living-room-style ambience and vast selection of cocktails, showily mixed by an eager bar staff. (source)
- It then perceives beforehand none of those things which occur in the body, but has received its name vaguely and without any proper reason, like the parts about the heart, which are called auricles, but which contribute nothing towards hearing. (source)
- But to get to the point: it recalled a vaguely similar story from 1992, when the New York Times was fooled by a former Sub Pop Records employee named Megan Jasper into printing a glossary of slang terms purportedly native to the Seattle grunge scene. (source)
- We know that it was a German engineer, engaged to build sewers for the city of Baghdad, who discovered amongst some bric-a-brac in the local museum, labelled vaguely 'ritual objects', electric batteries - manufactured ten centuries before Volta under the Sassanid dynasty. (source)
- For a moment an expression vaguely suggestive of admiration shadowed through the slightly flushed countenance, and the next instant it returned to its customary apathy, from which it was not again disturbed during the bitter ordeal to which the helpless Gratz was subjected. (source)
- "When I got a panicky letter from one of Running Elk's professors coupling her name vaguely with that of my Indian, I wavered in my determination to see this experiment out; but the analyst is unsentimental, and a fellow who sets out to untangle the skein of nature must pay the price, so I waited. (source)
- He recalled a vaguely morbid game he and his friend Tim Bartlett (now an editor at Random House) used to play at the London Book Fair when the two of them were colleagues at New York University Press: visiting the wholesalers who sold remaindered books and looking through their titles in search of those that had been remaindered in the largest quantities. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 45.0, which suggests that "vaguely" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 5 synonyms for vaguely.
ambiguously, hazily, obscurely, uncertainly, unsurely
We have 0 antonyms for vaguely.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of vaguely from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adverb) In a vague manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adverb) In a vague manner.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) In a vague, uncertain, or unsettled manner; without definiteness or distinctness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adverb) in a vague way