vig·​or·​ous | \ˈvi-g(ə-)rəs \

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

vigorously adverb
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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The nature of grace, the nature of free will, and the nature(s) of Jesus Christ have all been codified through vigorous, sometimes violent, debate. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The conservative case against Pope Francis — and why it matters," 5 Apr. 2018 All these depend on the competent, vigorous, and transparent conduct of GLO business. San Antonio Express-News, "Q & A: Meet your Texas Land Commissioner candidates," 11 Feb. 2018 Much of this activity was quite vigorous, too, according to the monitors. Gretchen Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Vigorous exercise, even a trek up Everest, may be safe during pregnancy," 26 Oct. 2018 Where funding is available, more effective management of those lands—prescribed burns and vigorous brush-cutting—can help reduce some fire risk. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 In recent years, the Senate source said, center directors in Alabama and Florida have been more vigorous and effective in advocating for their needs. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Texas lawmakers press NASA to base lunar lander program in Houston," 29 Aug. 2018 Baptiste classes, a vigorous, cardio-intensive practice born out of Power Yoga, are favored by athletes. Noor Brara, Vogue, "Turn Up the Heat With Hot Yoga for a Total Spring Body Reboot," 13 Apr. 2018 That has not quelled opponents, who are mounting a vigorous campaign condemning the bill. Robbie Short,, "‘Conversion therapy’ for gays would be sharply limited under California bill," 1 July 2018 Reuters has mounted a vigorous campaign to keep the case before the public eye. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "They Documented a Massacre. Their Prize Is a Prison Cell in Myanmar.," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of vigorous

: healthy and strong

: done with great force and energy


vig·​or·​ous | \ˈvi-gə-rəs \

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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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