in·​vig·​o·​rate | \ in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt \
invigorated; invigorating

Definition of invigorate

transitive verb

: to give life and energy to : animate also : stimulate sense 1

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Other Words from invigorate

invigoratingly \ in-​ˈvi-​gə-​ˌrā-​tiŋ-​lē \ adverb
invigoration \ in-​ˌvi-​gə-​ˈrā-​shən \ noun
invigorator \ in-​ˈvi-​gə-​ˌrā-​tər \ noun

Examples of invigorate in a Sentence

A brisk walk in the cool morning air always invigorates me. He was invigorated by the positive feedback. The mayor has plans to invigorate the downtown economy.
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Gunn’s firing invigorated members of the right that have long despised Hollywood for its perceived liberal bias and recent anti-Trump sentiment. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Disney and Marvel put Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 production on hold," 24 Aug. 2018 Before production wrapped on The Crazy Ones in February 2014, its producers made a last-ditch effort to re-invigorate its viewership with a bit of guest casting. Dave Itzkoff, HWD, "Inside the Final Days of Robin Williams," 8 May 2018 The reconciliation could help bring Eritrea—a country so isolated it is often referred to as Africa’s North Korea—in from the cold and invigorate a moribund economy reliant on conscription and national service. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Ethiopia, Eritrea Reopen Border Crossings," 11 Sep. 2018 The mystery at the heart of Makiia Lucier’s invigorating fantasy novel makes a persuasive case for the pleasures of spreading the world across a table and charting your course. Christine Heppermann,, "Add a little fantasy, magic to your summer reading list," 21 May 2018 He was invigorated after being traded 11 months ago from the Rangers to the Dodgers but then absorbed an avalanche of criticism from fans after two disastrous starts in the World Series. Mark Gonzales,, "Next start for Cubs' Yu Darvish depends on Thursday bullpen session," 27 June 2018 After the conclusion of the rally, audience members and organizer alike seemed invigorated. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "'My heart is heavy for Detroit': City rallies against gun violence," 1 June 2018 We were really invigorated by that process (of self-producing) and by having the playground of the studio all to ourselves. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Lake Street Dive's Bridget Kearney Talks Touring & First Top 10 Album 'Free Yourself Up': 'We're Completely Stoked'," 17 May 2018 The Red Devils are hoping to invest in and invigorate what is an ageing full back department., "Report: Manchester United Prepares Transfer Offer for Djibril Sidibe," 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of invigorate

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invigorate

probably from in- + vigor

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The first known use of invigorate was in 1646

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English Language Learners Definition of invigorate

: to give life and energy to (someone)
: to cause (something) to become more active and lively


in·​vig·​o·​rate | \ in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt \
invigorated; invigorating

Kids Definition of invigorate

: to give life and energy to The swim was invigorating.

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to deny responsibility for

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