vig·​or | \ˈvi-gər \

Definition of vigor 

1 : active bodily or mental strength or force

2 : active healthy well-balanced growth especially of plants

3 : intensity of action or effect : force

4 : effective legal status

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Examples of vigor in a Sentence

She defended her beliefs with great vigor. she was picked to lead the volunteer group because of her vigor and enthusiasm

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Even in types that don’t re-bloom, snipping off old flowers improves the plant's vigor. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Daisy Flowers," 1 Aug. 2018 The Krewe of Freret aims to unify enthusiastic young professionals and infuse vigor into Carnival while fanning the revitalization of the Freret corridor. Melinda Morris,, "Krewes of Pontchartrain, Choctaw, Freret: See photos from the parades," 4 Feb. 2018 Kava Kava is an herb taken for its calming affects, chili and cocoa are energetic and vigor enhancing ingredients; fernet is an herbal infusion of barks and roots. Kristin Tice Studeman, Vogue, "Yana Volfson of Cosme and Atla Shares the Mezcal Cocktail She’ll Be Making This Cinco de Mayo," 1 May 2018 And the Phils jetted off to Milwaukee with renewed vigor. Scott Lauber,, "Why the Phillies aren't ready to trust Hector Neris again | Extra Innings," 15 June 2018 In the 1940s, those temperance advocates who had receded out of the limelight during Prohibition returned to the public sphere with renewed vigor. Hannah C. Griggs, The Atlantic, "Teaching Sobriety With ‘The Bottle’," 27 May 2018 Women are taking their political convictions to the streets with renewed vigor, and a historic number of women are running for office in this year's midterm elections. Aj Willingham, CNN, "In a tumultuous and triumphant year, women are dominating as college commencement speakers," 10 May 2018 Alex howls in agony, but bows his head and pedals with renewed vigor. Jay Willis, GQ, "I Worked Out with Steve Aoki and He Busted My Ass," 10 Apr. 2018 Lee, who was accidently shot and killed on the set of the film in 1993, played the central role of Eric Draven with a melancholic vigor that hit home with audiences. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of vigor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vigor

Middle English vigour, from Anglo-French, from Latin vigor, from vigēre to be vigorous

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English Language Learners Definition of vigor

: strength, energy, or determination


vig·​or | \ˈvi-gər \

Kids Definition of vigor

1 : strength or energy of body or mind the vigor of youth

2 : active strength or force He argued with great vigor.


variants: or chiefly British vigour

Medical Definition of vigor 

— see hybrid vigor

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playful or foolish behavior

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