vigil noun

1 when you stay awake to look after sb, etc.

ADJ. all-night, constant, round-the-clock, 24-hour Since the accident, the boy's parents have kept a constant vigil at his bedside. | bedside | lonely For three nights, the shepherd maintained his lonely vigil.

VERB + VIGIL keep, maintain He told the gatekeeper to keep vigil.

PREP. ~ over the husband's vigil over his dying wife

2 silent political protest; time of prayer

ADJ. candlelight/candlelit, night-time, nocturnal Protesters held a candlelit vigil against the war. | silent a silent vigil outside the presidential palace | prayer

VERB + VIGIL hold, stage | attend

PREP. ~ for a vigil for the murdered politician