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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Recent Examples on the Web To allow the more vigorous enforcement of the Fair Housing Act, the agency also will publish two rules aimed at combating practices that contribute to systemic inequality. Tami Luhby And Katie Lobosco, CNN, 1 June 2021 In the 1920s and beyond, L.A. mobsters found themselves in vigorous criminal competition with the graft operations being run boldly out of the mayor’s office and parts of the LAPD. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 The nation has seen a general move away from the practice in recent years, but there has also been a vigorous effort to turn that tide, one headed most conspicuously by former President Donald J. Trump. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Plainly, certain countries have benefitted from the strength of their public-health systems, fortified by a vigorous government response. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, 22 Feb. 2021 In Georgia and everywhere else, voters deserve a vigorous effort to ensure that people who are no longer residents of a state no longer vote in its elections. James Freeman, WSJ, 29 Dec. 2020 But the Trump administration has mounted a vigorous and increasingly successful effort to persuade European and other allies to forgo using Huawei gear in their advanced wireless networks. Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2020 Would a volcanic eruption within Lake Kivu, or any particularly vigorous seismic activity, cause a limnic eruption? Robin Andrews, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Maybe even some small and soft hail in any vigorous activity. Washington Post, 7 May 2021

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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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24 Jun 2021

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“Vigorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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