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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Your third option is an equivalent combo of moderate and vigorous exercise. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 The representative didn’t answer questions asking about Bloomberg’s policy on anonymous sources or if the service had plans to offer verifiable evidence in light of the unusually vigorous and detailed denials. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple CEO Tim Cook calls on Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story," 19 Oct. 2018 Aqua aerobics classes are fun — and vigorous — at Horizon House. Nicole Tsong, The Seattle Times, "Retirement center residents get a great workout in the pool," 24 Sep. 2018 For example, black plastic warms the soil and radiates heat during the night, keeping heat-loving vegetables such as eggplant and cherry tomatoes cozy and vigorous. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Mulch Your Garden and Stop Weeds in Their Tracks," 26 June 2018 Senate Republicans said that Vice President Mike Pence and a Justice Department lawyer mounted a vigorous case at a closed-door lunch Tuesday about the statutory basis for Mr. Trump’s declaration. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "House Passes Bill Blocking Trump Border Emergency," 26 Feb. 2019 Potassium helps promote vigorous growth and hardiness, so a deficit may result in wimpy fruit or spindly plants that fall prey to pests and diseases. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's How to Understand Fertilizer Numbers and Letters," 21 Mar. 2019 Fairly vigorous for a sportsman/collector’s track toy. Dan Neil, WSJ, "I Drove a Screaming Fast Ferrari Among Ordinary Cars," 21 Feb. 2019 Karl’s vigorous, ironic, and knowing modernity, and his long experience in the business, made him just right to colonize the legend of Mademoiselle. Kennedy Fraser, Vogue, "From the Archives: Karl Lagerfeld, The Impresario," 19 Feb. 2019

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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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Dictionary Entries near vigorous

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vigorless

vigoroso

vigorous

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vigour

vigoureux

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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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