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
Recent Examples on the Web Leaders of traditional public school districts have pushed back with increasing vigor in recent years, arguing against the need for new charters but unable to slow their growth. Alia Malik,, "Former IDEA leader wants 150,000 charter students in San Antonio by 2030," 6 Sep. 2020 Eventually, the plants can become crowded, which leads to lower vigor and less flowering. Dan Gill,, "It's a net gain of Louisiana irises: Divide them now, then use the pieces to create more plants," 3 Sep. 2020 On Up had the verve and vigor of the late singer himself. Lauren Le Vine,, "Black Panther Star Chadwick Boseman Dead At 43," 28 Aug. 2020 The three crossed together and Sato pumped his fist with a vigor that would suggest a strong pass. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "Takuma Sato 'living in a dream' as he becomes a two-time Indy 500 winner," 23 Aug. 2020 This means economic vigor and stability for our entire region. Lee Roop |, al, "Donor will match money raised now to preserve Monte Sano land," 19 Aug. 2020 These changes endanger more than just the vote—think of all the people who rely on the mail for their medication or paycheck—and should be fought with vigor. Gilad Edelman, Wired, "Honestly, Just Vote In Person—It’s Safer Than You Think," 17 Aug. 2020 So, to manage this weed, encourage good turf vigor with appropriate watering, fertilizing and mowing. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Thompson grapes may not produce well in home gardens, even with adequate care," 16 Aug. 2020 The rapid growth rate of velvet antlers—up to an inch a day, fueled by a growth hormone called IGF-1—has long led to beliefs in their benefits for human health and vigor. Alec Luhn, National Geographic, "World’s largest reindeer herd targeted by poachers for antler velvet," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of vigor was in the 14th century

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12 Sep 2020

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“Vigor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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