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 invigoration (audio) \ noun
invigorator \ in-​ˈvi-​gə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce invigorator (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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The 2016 presidential election and its aftermath seem to have invigorated the band once more. M.j., The Economist, "Twenty-five years later, Sleater-Kinney are still making vital music," 16 Aug. 2019 Those same western troughs feed plenty of energy into the Plains, invigorating storm systems with an extra push of strong winds at the upper levels of the atmosphere. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "How Colorado’s gray May helped fuel hundreds of Plains tornadoes," 6 June 2019 With each infusion, the flavor changes, coming from different parts of the leaf and invigorating different parts of the tongue. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019 The surprise awakening of Summers’s nerve connections is part of a string of advances that has invigorated research into spinal-cord injuries. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "How a Revolutionary Technique Got People with Spinal-Cord Injuries Back on Their Feet," 7 Aug. 2019 After scoring only three runs in losing two of three last week in St. Louis, the Cubs offense seemed invigorated upon returning to Wrigley. Mark Gonzales,, "Jason Heyward continues to spark the Cubs from the leadoff spot in a 7-2 win that sweeps the Brewers. But he doesn’t really want to talk about it.," 3 Aug. 2019 More recently, however, the 2014 protests against Beijing’s political involvement in Hong Kong were quashed, leaving behind a disappointed generation of young activists who had been mobilized and invigorated by the 79-day sit in. Washington Post, "Why Hong Kong protesters rage on, even though they cannot win," 3 July 2019 Central banks around the world have shown their willingness to keep interest rates low to invigorate their economies. CBS News, "Why are stocks soaring while bonds signal gloom?," 21 June 2019 The lower half of the Korean Peninsula has sparse natural resources, but was invigorated by innovation, industry and investment in the decades after the Korean War. Cindy George, Houston Chronicle, "Houston's Korean community protests Olympic show of unity," 7 Feb. 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 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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