in·​vig·​o·​rate | \ in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \
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

invigoration \ in-​ˌvi-​gə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \ noun
invigorator \ in-​ˈvi-​gə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web At issue for Democrats after Tuesday will be how to invigorate their base without Trump either in office or on the ballot, providing the party with a key test about how to message against Republicans for years to come. Dan Merica, CNN, 8 June 2021 It was hoped at the time that the new executives would invigorate the troubled agency, with Hedges tagged with the job of stanching cost overruns and delays that plagued the project. Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2021 The key point is to scrape the skin (commonly the upper back) to invigorate blood flow, release heat-toxins, stimulate lymphatic drainage, activate various points of the body, and bring helpful cells to the area by stimulating an immune response. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 May 2021 Moments of being seen by other people, and being met with respect or even enthusiasm, can energize and invigorate us and help create bonds within our neighborhood or community. New York Times, 4 May 2021 Reorganizations can be an effective method to invigorate an enterprise: two-thirds deliver at least some performance improvement. Jennifer Garrard, Forbes, 6 May 2021 Despite the setback, Gregorie is optimistic that the issue could invigorate concerned skiers across the West. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 May 2021 But Shanahan and Lynch could be betting that his accuracy and poise will invigorate a roster that's otherwise ready to compete with the NFC's best. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, 29 Apr. 2021 Tea tree oil, peppermint and witch hazel invigorate the scalp and create a cool, tingly feeling. Sydney Poe,, 23 Mar. 2021

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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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13 Jun 2021

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“Invigorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \
invigorated; invigorating

Kids Definition of invigorate

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


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