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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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 The plan envisions China’s economy, military, and society invigorated and empowered by artificial intelligence. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Ex-Google Executive Opens a School for AI, With China's Help," 5 Apr. 2018 Boston battled back again, tying it at 95-all when a dunk by Brown invigorated the home fans. USA TODAY, "Anthony Davis leads New Orleans Pelicans to OT win over Boston Celtics," 16 Jan. 2018 Those moments, and their Christian faith, invigorated Jahi’s family in their fight to keep the girl on life support. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Jahi McMath, girl at center of debate over brain death, dies, mother says," 29 June 2018 Yet Huber found the entire process invigorating, minus the first day of filming. Justin Barrasso,, "Week in Wrestling: Luke Harper’s journey from the Wyatts to Hollywood; WrestleMania update," 9 Mar. 2018 So short term the Cavs reshaped the roster in a way that should complement and maybe even invigorate James, at least the James who showed up against Minnesota Wednesday. Bud Shaw,, "Cavs roster purge is a bold stroke with the future in mind -- Bud Shaw," 8 Feb. 2018 It's been 20 years since the duo invigorated baseball with a home run race throughout the 1998 season. Staff,, "Weekend Read: A Case for All 16 Teams to Win the World Cup, Reflecting on Tyler Hilinski and More," 29 June 2018 The scene is a startling, invigorating opening to the narrative, which has the player bouncing back and forth between three playable characters in wholly separate, tonally diverse settings. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Detroit: Become Human' — Game Review," 24 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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