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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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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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Recent Examples on the Web As if to prove the point, a vigorous policy of testing seems to have slowed the virus’s spread in South Korea quite dramatically. The Economist, "The coronavirus pandemic Developing and deploying tests for SARS-CoV-2 is crucial," 19 Mar. 2020 And should the actual virus come along, the person's immune system will already have been exposed to its proteins and mount a vigorous defense. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "US starts safety testing of coronavirus vaccine," 16 Mar. 2020 Younger patients have a more vigorous immune response compared to older patients. USA Today, "What does the coronavirus do to your body? Everything to know about the infection process," 14 Mar. 2020 Performing a moderately vigorous dance or exercise sequence requires concentration, which can help your mind stay sharp and serve as a healthful distraction from stressful events. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "6 Healthy Ways to Manage Your Coronavirus Anxiety, According to Psychologists," 13 Mar. 2020 Health officials are recommending vigorous hand washing as the best way to avoid transmission, using soap and warm water and scrubbing the palms, backs of hands, and under the nails for at least 20 seconds., "Please, Do Not Use Titos Vodka To Make DIY Hand Sanitizer," 5 Mar. 2020 Most recently, its $385,000-a-year president and chief executive, Heather Hiles, quit without explanation last month after a year on the job as Calbright’s most vigorous cheerleader. Nanette Asimov,, "With $120 million and few students, California’s new online community college faces audit," 28 Feb. 2020 Wet, gloved hands or a handheld wet towel can effectively control small- to medium-size fish such as seatrout and bonefish but can be inadequate for larger, more vigorous animals. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Movies were made for vigorous argument, for the passionate drawing of aesthetic and ideological battle lines. Los Angeles Times, "It’s just the Oscars — but my God, it matters that ‘Parasite’ won best picture," 9 Feb. 2020

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

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23 Mar 2020

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“Vigorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce vigorous (audio) \

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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