Definition of vital
- a vital clue
- vital resources
- vital organs
- blood and other vital fluids
These matters are vital to national defense.
The sciences are a vital part of the school curriculum.
your heart, lungs, and other vital organs
Exercise keeps her young and vital.
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: extremely important
: needed by your body in order to keep living
: very lively or energetic
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