1 when you stay awake to care for sb, etc.
24-hour, all-night, constant, round-the-clock (BrE)

Since the accident, the boy's parents have kept a constant vigil at his bedside.

bedside (esp. BrE)

His fiancée kept a bedside vigil during his weeks in intensive care.


For three nights he maintained his lonely vigil.

keep, maintain, stand

He told the gatekeeper to keep vigil.

vigil over

the husband's vigil over his dying wife

2 silent political protest; time of prayer
candlelight (esp. AmE), candlelit (esp. BrE)

Protesters held a candlelight/candlelit vigil against the war.


a silent vigil outside the presidential palace

vigil for

a vigil for the murdered politician

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