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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For years, the public could not see any video evidence from body cameras or dash cams until the close of an investigation while the shooting faced vigorous protests and scrutiny from residents, community activists and civil liberties groups. Nicholas Rondinone, courant.com, "With deadly Hartford police shooting, investigators break tradition of secrecy, publish body camera footage," 5 Aug. 2019 Haftar vowed to take the city in 48 hours, but roughly four months later, the offensive remains bogged down by a vigorous defense by factions allied with the Government of National Accord. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Libya civil war and natural resources attract mix of nations," 2 Aug. 2019 On the other hand, an overall sense of the country’s vigorous, can-do attitude in the first decades of the 20th century is palpable. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘Deep River’ Review: In the Heart of the Forest Primeval," 28 June 2019 This was vintage Bumgarner in every way — dominant on the mound, vigorous in trying to stay in the game, blunt in answering questions. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Madison Bumgarner sparkles, Donovan Solano gets decisive hit in 16-inning win," 19 July 2019 Unlike The Ohio buckeye (Aesculus glabra) tree found in middle America, bottlebrush buckeye is a vigorous, suckering shrub. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Try this trio of pollinator plants for your Kentucky summer garden," 19 July 2019 Next week’s fest lineup includes three feature documentaries, three shorts programs — one showcasing Colorado filmmakers — and a closing night event that gives a vigorous nod to the power of television. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 16 July 2019 Next week’s fest lineup includes three feature documentaries, three shorts programs — one showcasing Colorado filmmakers — and a closing night event that gives a vigorous nod to the power of television. The Know, The Denver Post, "New-to-Denver film fest highlights filmmakers of color this weekend at Newman Center," 15 July 2019 Some insiders say Gottlieb generally supported vigorous enforcement. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Exclusive: FDA enforcement actions plummet under Trump," 2 July 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

vigorish

vigorless

vigoroso

vigorous

vigorously

vigour

vigoureux

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

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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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