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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energetically \ ˌe-​nər-​ˈje-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce energetic (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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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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11 Jan 2021

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“Energetic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/energetic. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce energetic (audio)

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 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


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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