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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But, in the end, the Gravely comes to life with dependable vigor. Jonathan Kolatch, WSJ, "Keeping Dad Alive From 7,000 Miles Away," 23 Dec. 2018 Use your vigor, idealism, and drive to organize protests and marches, or even create a crazy weird political art display like in Sorry to Bother You or create a weird web series about politics. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About How You Should Prep for The 2018 Midterms," 11 Oct. 2018 He was struck by its vigor, its handsome, mature spread and its evident ornamental qualities. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 This new Washington was to be a figure of classical restraint and nobility, rather than youthful revolutionary vigor. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A George Washington Monument, Rediscovered in Fragile Plaster," 27 June 2018 Investors credit the latest leg of the rally to faith in the U.S. economy, which has shown fresh vigor this year even as growth has cooled in the eurozone and emerging markets. Akane Otani, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Widen Lead Over Rest of the World," 1 Oct. 2018 When Maya populations recovered at the beginning of what scholars call the Classic period, farming and urbanization returned with more vigor than ever. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Carbon impact of ancient Maya farming may still be felt," 22 Aug. 2018 His diverse skills — scoring, rebounding and passing with characteristic vigor — helped the Warriors weather Stephen Curry’s absence for five postseason games. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ Draymond Green isn’t backing down from Barkley, playoff opponents," 2 May 2018 The press, ignoring the person holding the laser pen, starts chasing the red dot all over the floor, pouncing on each movement with equal vigor. WSJ, "Press Too Often Rises to the President’s Tweeted Bait," 12 Nov. 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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