vigorous

adjective
vig·​or·​ous | \ ˈvi-g(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vigorous (audio) \

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

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 For instance, employers must be prepared for vigorous enforcement of requirements related to occupational safety and health, payment of overtime, proper administration of employee benefit plans, and affirmative action. Edward Segal, Forbes, "Senate Will Vote Monday On Walsh Nomination To Be Labor Secretary," 20 Mar. 2021 Potassium is one of the keys to a plant’s vigorous root growth. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "8 Wild Game and Fish Parts That Will Fertilize Your Garden," 26 Feb. 2021 But the pandemic has catalyzed new thinking about both fiscal and monetary policy, creating the most favorable conditions for restoring vigorous economic growth in several decades. David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. economy may have its best chance in years to break from era of subpar growth," 21 Feb. 2021 But the pandemic has catalyzed new thinking about both fiscal and monetary policy, creating the most favorable conditions for restoring vigorous economic growth in several decades. Washington Post, "U.S. economy may have its best chance in years to break from era of subpar growth," 20 Feb. 2021 Republican and Democratic politicians have been calling for more vigorous enforcement, as just a few meatpackers control most of our pork, beef and poultry. Art Cullen, Star Tribune, "Is it possible to both revive rural America and help the planet?," 29 Jan. 2021 The public had no clue that President John F. Kennedy, who always looked so healthy and vigorous, actually was not. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Trump, Melania deal with COVID-19: How have past first ladies handled health crises?," 9 Oct. 2020 Maintaining a healthy and vigorous stand of turf is the most effective and efficient method to control and prevent rust in the future. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Lawn with yellowed patches leaving orange powdery residue likely sign of rust disease. Here’s how to treat it.," 26 Sep. 2020 Those who sat only a little, and had high levels of moderate or vigorous physical activity, had the lowest risk. Arthur L. Weltman, The Conversation, "If sitting at a desk all day is bad during coronavirus, could I lie down to work instead?," 4 Sep. 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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“Vigorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vigorous. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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vigorous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vigorous

: healthy and strong
: done with great force and energy

vigorous

adjective
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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