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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 The program was halted soon after, but a vigorous effort to bring it back — including by a billionaire couple in Texas that has pledged to cover the cost — proved successful this month. New York Times, "Baltimore Hopes Surveillance Planes Lower Crime, but Residents Fear Abuse," 9 Apr. 2020 The American Heart Association recommends getting at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "How to Fix a Sedentary Lifestyle (Because It's Never Too Late to Get Moving)," 17 Mar. 2020 But without vigorous efforts to secure equitable access, vaccine distribution will follow the logic of the market. Gavin Yamey, STAT, "A coronavirus vaccine should be for everyone, not just those who can afford it," 5 Mar. 2020 Information about physical activity was gathered every two years from age 12 to age 18 and categorized as sedentary, light activity or moderate-to-vigorous activity. Dr. Yalda Safai, ABC News, "Lack of activity in kids may predict depression in adulthood: Study," 12 Feb. 2020 Children who spent more than three hours in front of a screen spent a half-hour less doing light physical activity and 10 minutes less doing moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA). Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Too much screen time for toddlers may lead to unhealthy behaviors growing up, study says," 30 Jan. 2020 The Department of Health estimates that 30% of those fentanyl deaths happened in SROs, so the city decided to step up efforts there to go with its already vigorous street and general community education efforts. Kevin Fagan,, "Spike in fentanyl deaths spurs overdose prevention program in SF residential hotels," 30 Sep. 2019 Subjects were given activity questionnaires and then categorized as engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA) or sedentary behavior (SB). Sheah Rarback, miamiherald, "Sedentary behavior can trigger desire for high-calorie foods | Miami Herald," 2 Apr. 2018 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends squeezing in a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week, or 75 minutes at vigorous intensity. Samantha Lefave,, "How to Boost Your Immune System, According to Experts," 30 Apr. 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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18 May 2020

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“Vigorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 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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