energetic

adjective
en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

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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Other Words from energetic

energetically \ ˌe-​nər-​ˈje-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce energetically (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for energetic

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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In a floral Duro Olowu dress, the Studio Museum’s very own (and quite energetic) Thelma Golden introduced this year’s honoree, civil rights activist, educator, and art collector, the late Peggy Cafritz. Isiah Magsino, Vogue, "Alicia Keys and More Attend Harlem’s Studio Museum’s Annual Luncheon," 29 Apr. 2019 The energetic collection also featured bangers from Kid Ink, Tyga, Wale, T.I., Young Thug, DJ Snake, Juicy J, Steve Aoki, and many more. Jill Gutowitz, Billboard, "Ten 21st Century Sequel Soundtracks That Are Better Than the Original: Critic's Picks," 21 Feb. 2018 But Hayes’s work is too energetic, too vital, too specific and original and vivid for that; it is anchored in its time, rather than contained by it. Constance Grady, Vox, "We read all 25 National Book Award finalists for 2018. Here’s what we thought.," 15 Nov. 2018 Likewise, Mercury in Leo is energetic, courageous, and extremely performative — but when the planet goes reverse, that vibrancy begins to fall a bit flat. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Your 2018 Guide to Surviving Mercury Retrograde," 26 July 2018 The highly energetic particles in a cosmic ray’s air shower plow through the water faster than light can. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 Some of the art is darker and more serious, other brighter, more energetic hues seem to spill across the roof. Morgan Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Tag, you're it: Native 312 Events hosts a graffiti workshop," 21 June 2018 But while his lyrics have tended toward the introspective and observational throughout his career, the music grew brighter and more energetic (as well as increasingly subtle — not an easy trick) as time passed. Dan Deluca, Philly.com, "Review: Paul Simon says goodbye, still restless after all these years," 17 June 2018 At the first timeout, Golden State is leading 15-6 and looking far more energetic than Cleveland on both ends of the court. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals 2018: Warriors Roll Over Cavs in Game 2," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of energetic

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for energetic

Greek energētikos, from energein to be active, from energos

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The first known use of energetic was in 1700

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energetic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of energetic

: having or showing a lot of energy
: involving a lot of effort

energetic

adjective
en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌe-nər-ˈje-tik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

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

energetic

adjective
en·​er·​get·​ic | \ ˌen-ər-ˈjet-ik How to pronounce energetic (audio) \

Medical Definition of energetic

: of or relating to energy energetic equation

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