vigor

noun
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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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 But as the sun beat down on the players—the temperature at kickoff was 91 degrees—Mexico’s trademark vigor began to wane. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Mexico’s World Cup Ends in Round of 16," 2 July 2018 The result will be familiar to many — a tree that leafs out with not a whole lot of vim and vigor and then collapses after a few hot days. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 In short, defensive structure, set pieces and vigor are probably easier to implement in a few short weeks of national team training time than complex attacking patterns or individual game-breaking skill and flair. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The Factors and Figures Behind Europe's World Cup Dominance Trend," 8 July 2018 But even Stewart’s vigor falters as Locke’s own scholarly energies start to wane. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, "The Man Who Led the Harlem Renaissance—and His Hidden Hungers," 11 May 2018 Wellness trends come and go, but there’s a lot to be said for the vigor of collaborative wisdom filtered through the ages and delivered with passion. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 My mother was a homemaker who raised four kids with vigor and ferocity and verve. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Jeff Goldblum Fulfilled a Teenage Dream Written on Steamed Glass," 20 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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vigor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vigor

: strength, energy, or determination

vigor

noun
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.

vigor

variants: or chiefly British vigour

Medical Definition of vigor

— see hybrid vigor

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