vig·​or | \ ˈvi-gər How to pronounce vigor (audio) \

Definition of vigor

1 : active bodily or mental strength or force
2 : active healthy well-balanced growth especially of plants
3 : intensity of action or effect : force
4 : effective legal status

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Examples of vigor in a Sentence

She defended her beliefs with great vigor. she was picked to lead the volunteer group because of her vigor and enthusiasm
Recent Examples on the Web Western cultures in general and American culture in particular tend to prize youth over age, vigor over wisdom. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "Coronavirus is exposing America's contempt for old age," 18 Mar. 2020 All Gold’ There are several cultivars of this species on the market but this one is still the very best in terms of show and vigor. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Yew Dell Botanical Gardens says these six new plants are some of the best in Kentucky," 13 Mar. 2020 But Trump also spoke for more than an hour Thursday at a political rally, the latest in a string of campaign events that the White House has pointed to as signs of his energy and vigor. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump’s health under scrutiny again after unplanned visit to medical center," 19 Nov. 2019 Much of that has to do with his lithe physicality, his way of working through a routine of kicks and punches with grace and vigor. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The 10 Best Movies of the 2010s," 13 Nov. 2019 The mounting opposition to both strategies must be fought with imagination and vigor. Chester E. Finn Jr., National Review, "The American K–12 Decline," 7 Nov. 2019 As Hook wrote before the debate, Warren, 70, has succeeded in conveying an image of relative youth and vigor without ever specifically mentioning the ages of Biden, 73, or Sanders, 78. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "One month in, we’ve learned a lot about the Ukraine scandal," 18 Oct. 2019 Aside from parading his east coast bona fides, Jagger flaunted an irrepressible energy and vigor that's astonishing not merely from a 76-year-old, but from a 76-year-old just four months out from freakin' heart surgery. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "The Rolling Stones Roar Into New Jersey On No Filter Tour," 2 Aug. 2019 Melissa Clark After a slow, rainy start to the Brooklyn backyard growing season, the mint on my deck is finally powering its way back, taking over the herb box with vim and vigor. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "This Larb Couldn’t Be Easier or More Adaptable," 27 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of vigor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vigor

Middle English vigour, from Anglo-French, from Latin vigor, from vigēre to be vigorous

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

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29 May 2020

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“Vigor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vigor

: strength, energy, or determination


vig·​or | \ ˈvi-gər How to pronounce vigor (audio) \

Kids Definition of vigor

1 : strength or energy of body or mind the vigor of youth
2 : active strength or force He argued with great vigor.


variants: or chiefly British vigour

Medical Definition of vigor

— see hybrid vigor

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