Definition of vital
1a : of the utmost importance a vital clue vital resourcesb : fundamentally concerned with or affecting life or living beings: such as (1) : tending to renew or refresh the living : invigorating (2) : destructive to life : mortal
2a : concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life vital organs blood and other vital fluidsb : existing as a manifestation of life
3 : full of life and vigor : animated
4 : characteristic of life or living beings
5 : recording data relating to lives
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues
vitallyplay \ˈvī-təl-ē\ adverb
Examples of vital in a sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of vital
Middle English, from Latin vitalis of life, from vita life; akin to Latin vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of vital
VITAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vital for English Language Learners
: extremely important
: needed by your body in order to keep living
: very lively or energetic
VITAL Defined for Kids
Definition of vital for Students
1 : concerned with or necessary to the continuation of life The heart and lungs are vital organs.
2 : full of life and energy At 80, he's still an active and vital man.
3 : very important a vital clue
vitallyadverb These are vitally needed supplies.
Medical Definition of vital
1a: existing as a manifestation of lifeb: concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life vital organs blood and other vital fluids
2: characteristic of life or living beings vital activities
3: recording data relating to lives vital records
4: of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues
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