vig·​or ˈvi-gər How to pronounce vigor (audio)
: active bodily or mental strength or force
: active healthy well-balanced growth especially of plants
: intensity of action or effect : force
: effective legal status

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Vigor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


vig·​or ˈvig-ər How to pronounce vigor (audio)
: active strength or energy of body or mind
: active strength or force

Medical Definition


variants or chiefly British vigour

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