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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At the National Women's Law Center in Washington, the U.S. team's victories and outspokenness were welcomed by a staff that has campaigned vigorous for equality in the workplace and on the playing field. NBC News, "U.S. women's soccer team boldly embraces off-the-field activist role," 9 July 2019 Back on the Silver Cloud, there seem to be expeditions leaving all the time—for vigorous snowshoe hikes on the ice or kayaking explorations in watertight bodysuits—led by a 22-member team packed with Ph. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "These New Expedition Cruises Take Travelers to the World’s Most Remote Corners," 28 June 2019 In addition, many blood vessels are visible, suggesting vigorous movement — like flapping. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Origins of Flight, From Birds to Bugs to Planes," 21 June 2019 The offer was rejected following vigorous U.S. objections and assurances to the Kabul government that American air power was sufficient to address the threat, the officials said. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia, China Vie for Influence in Central Asia as U.S. Plans Afghan Exit," 18 June 2019 Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advises, and everything from brisk walking to active yoga to yard work counts. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "15 Ways to Sleep Better Tonight, According to Experts," 2 May 2019 Astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured the breathtaking scene Saturday showing the vigorous eruption of the Raikoke volcano. Matthew Cappucci, Anchorage Daily News, "This North Pacific volcano just erupted after nearly a century of silence. Astronauts captured the breathtaking scene.," 27 June 2019 Use gentle organic fertilizers to help build soil health that will produce vigorous, strong roots. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Why did we lose so many trees during recent storms? Tree and soil health could be a reason," 25 June 2019 That dieback was probably just because of unusually vigorous late-season growth that hadn’t become fully hardened and ready for winter. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Wild violets: Weed or wildflower?," 21 June 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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