vig·​or | \ ˈvi-gər How to pronounce vigor (audio) \

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 recent months, some unwritten rules—the avoidance of surprises, co-ordination of positions before big decisions, the need to keep disputes private—have been swept aside by a burst of Gallic vigor. David Meyer, Fortune, "Mark Zuckerberg's Privacy Practices: CEO Daily," 13 June 2019 For a man who’s to turn a century old in five months, Melnikoff is the picture of vigor with his healthy tan, spry bearing and talkative personality. Jonathan M. Pitts,, "'True fighting soldier' reflects — and returns to France — for 75th anniversary of D-Day invasion," 6 June 2019 But his former classmates told the author of the book that rather than being an exceptional child, Kim lacked academic vigor and had a quick temper. Fox News, "Kim Jong Un was quick-tempered teen with limited academic abilities, kicked and spat on his classmates, book reveals," 18 June 2019 Nobody will ever know whether the Cubs would have pursued Kimbrel with as much vigor if Ben Zobrist hadn’t gone on the restricted list May 6 after filing for divorce. David Haugh,, "Take a bow, Cubs meatballs. You helped bring Craig Kimbrel to Chicago.," 10 June 2019 Hiring in sectors like manufacturing and mining and logging slowed to a crawl in May, while the services sector showed vigor. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "A Weak Jobs Report Poses a New Challenge to Trump: A Slowing Economy," 7 June 2019 If the nucleus recoils with enough vigor, and if the atoms that are perturbed are then buried deep in the earth (to shield the sample from cosmic rays that can muddy the data), then the recoil track could be preserved. Quanta Magazine, "Why the Best Place to Find Dark Matter May Be in a Rock," 7 Jan. 2019 She's been pursuing her mission with vigor as of late, from meeting with developmental neuroscientists to designing a conceptual garden. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Green Dress from Beulah London on a Visit to Family-Focused Charity," 22 Jan. 2019 On the one hand is Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad, who at the grand old age of 93 has shed his authoritarian past, ousted a rival accused of massive corruption through democratic change, and re-entered the international stage with vigor. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Malaysia, Cambodia offer 2 Asian narratives of change at UN," 27 Sep. 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 How to pronounce vigor (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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