in·​vig·​o·​rate in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt How to pronounce invigorate (audio)
invigorated; invigorating

transitive verb

: to give life and energy to : animate
invigoration noun
invigorator 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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Word History


probably from in- + vigor

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of invigorate was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Invigorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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in·​vig·​o·​rate in-ˈvig-ə-ˌrāt How to pronounce invigorate (audio)
invigorated; invigorating
: to give life and energy to
invigoration noun
invigorator noun

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