en·​er·​get·​ic | \ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik \

Definition of energetic 

1 : operating with or marked by vigor or effect

2 : marked by energy : strenuous an energetic walk

3 : of or relating to energy

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energetically \ˌe-​nər-​ˈje-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness. as vigorous as a youth half his age energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity. an energetic campaigner strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging. the strenuous life on an oil rig lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment. a lusty appetite for life nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor. full of nervous energy

Examples of energetic in a Sentence

She has an energetic personality. The children are energetic workers. They mounted an energetic campaign.
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These include both the closest burst yet imaged, as well as the most energetic. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "We’ve seen more fast radio bursts, but we still don’t know what they are," 11 Oct. 2018 England was the more rested team going into the semifinal, but Croatia looked more energetic in extra time. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 If explosions become more energetic, there could be boulders that fall up to 1 mile (2 kilometers) away or pea-sized fragments as far as 4 miles (6 kilometers) away, U.S. Geological Survey scientist Steve Brantley said. Washington Post, "Hawaii volcano explosions could go for weeks, experts say," 17 May 2018 Shortly after the Big Bang, however, the Universe was too energetic and dense for the quarks and gluons to form stable interactions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Atoms may come apart as the Universe’s biggest stars explode," 24 Oct. 2018 High-energy particles, on the other hand, are too energetic to make it through the atmosphere (much less the entire) without colliding into something. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Strange Particles Coming Out of the Earth Hint at New Physics," 28 Sep. 2018 Since 2011, Das Energi has brought major DJs and producers to its energetic scene, and this year is the biggest year yet. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Kaskade, deadmau5, Dillon Francis & Rezz at Das Energi Fest 2018: Exclusive," 9 Mar. 2018 With bold, vivid pops, the Enthusiast palette is made for someone who's passionate and energetic. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Are the Colors You'll Be Obsessed With Next Year, Based on Your Personality," 13 June 2018 These are extremely energetic protons and atomic nuclei moving through space at almost the speed of light. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of energetic

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for energetic

Greek energētikos, from energein to be active, from energos

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English Language Learners Definition of energetic

: having or showing a lot of energy

: involving a lot of effort


en·​er·​get·​ic | \ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik \

Kids Definition of energetic

: having or showing the ability to be active The boys are energetic players.

Other Words from energetic

energetically \-​ti-​kə-​lē \ adverb


en·​er·​get·​ic | \ˌen-ər-ˈjet-ik \

Medical Definition of energetic 

: of or relating to energy energetic equation

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