vig·or·ous | \ˈvi-g(ə-)rəs \

Definition of vigorous 

1 : done with vigor : carried out forcefully and energetically vigorous exercises

2 : possessing vigor : full of physical or mental strength or active force : strong a vigorous youth a vigorous plant

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Other Words from vigorous

vigorously adverb
vigorousness noun

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vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness. as vigorous as a youth half his age energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity. an energetic campaigner strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging. the strenuous life on an oil rig lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment. a lusty appetite for life nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor. full of nervous energy

Examples of vigorous in a Sentence

She remained vigorous into her nineties. His speech was met with vigorous applause. She gave a vigorous defense of her beliefs.
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These benefits will not be given up without a vigorous and expensive fight. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Bill for the Ballot Battle Over California Gas Tax Might Reach $75 Million," 9 July 2018 Mr Modi made unexpectedly vigorous outreaches to China and Russia this year, on visits to both. The Economist, "The Indian-American underachiever," 28 June 2018 Their own actions, pressure by consumer groups and the vigorous coverage of their relationships by the mainstream press helped put them there. David Zurawik,, "Trump's TV messaging machine not looking quite so mighty these days," 12 July 2018 The culprit was a towering dust storm, along the leading edge of a vigorous thunderstorm complex, known as a haboob. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "‘One of the most incredible sights’: Monster dust storm sweeps across Southern Arizona," 10 July 2018 When mothers got 150 minutes or more of moderate-to-vigorous exercise a week, their kids were 21% less likely to be obese in adolescence than were the children of less active moms. Melissa Healy,, "To reduce your risk of obesity, it helps to have a mom who follows five healthy habits," 5 July 2018 But since the 1980s, Philadelphia’s once-vigorous regional banks, which took over First and Second Bank assets when their federal charters lapsed, have all been sold to bigger out-of-town companies. Joseph N. Distefano,, "Penn's prof Jeremy Siegel pledges $1 million to rehab the First Bank of U.S. site in Philly," 5 June 2018 Exercise should be moderate to vigorous so that the heart rate increases and people break a sweat. Allison Horton, miamiherald, "Nearly half the U.S. population has high blood pressure. Here’s what to do about it. | Miami Herald," 25 Feb. 2018 Apparently Americans and Swedes both spend an average of about 500 minutes a day sitting, 350 minutes in light activity and 30 minutes in moderate to vigorous activity, as the Post reported. Karen D'souza, The Seattle Times, "To live longer, clean house or take your dog for a walk," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of vigorous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vigorous

Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo-French, from vigour

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English Language Learners Definition of vigorous

: healthy and strong

: done with great force and energy


vig·or·ous | \ˈvi-gə-rəs \

Kids Definition of vigorous

1 : very healthy and strong a vigorous plant

2 : done with force and energy vigorous exercise

Other Words from vigorous

vigorously adverb I shook it vigorously.

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