vi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ vī-ˈta-lə-tē \
plural vitalities

Definition of vitality

1a : lively and animated character
b : power of enduring
2a : the peculiarity distinguishing the living from the nonliving
b : capacity to live and develop also : physical or mental vigor especially when highly developed

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Examples of vitality in a Sentence

Her prose is full of vitality. These scandals could threaten the vitality of the sport. the economic vitality of our cities
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The color evokes vitality and buoyancy; the marine invertebrate get its vibrant tone from the tiny algae living on its surface. Hannah Morrill, ELLE Decor, "Pantone Just Released Their Color of the Year for 2019," 5 Dec. 2018 This information, Applegate thinks, is the key to bringing new vitality to Oak Ridge. Emily Strasser, Curbed, "A secret city opens up," 8 Aug. 2018 The landlocked state that's home to Mount Rushmore placed first in well-being, second in taxes, 10th in cultural vitality and 12th in health care quality. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Which state ranks best overall for retirement? South Dakota tops list," 12 July 2018 The next evening, departing from the presidential tradition of simply making an appearance at each inaugural ball, Clinton projected vitality all night long, soaking up the energy from a dozen different celebrations held in his honor. Neil Swidey,, "How Democrats would be better off if Bill Clinton had never been president," 10 July 2018 Crowds tend to be on the young side here, which gives its crowded dance floor a vitality that is highly contagious. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Think South Beach is crazy now? Here's what the club scene was like in 1994 | Miami Herald," 5 May 2018 With its faded vitality, there is something melancholic about Santo Sospir as well. James Mcauley, Town & Country, "The Tragic, Fascinating History of Santo Sospir," 13 Aug. 2018 Jeshuat Israel had asked the full court for a rehearing, saying the decision involved its continued vitality. Washington Post, "Losing side vows to appeal in fight over oldest US synagogue," 7 June 2018 The descent of climate change into the abyss of social-justice identity politics represents the last gasp of a cause that has lost its vitality. Steven F. Hayward, WSJ, "Climate Change Has Run Its Course," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of vitality

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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English Language Learners Definition of vitality

: a lively or energetic quality
: the power or ability of something to continue to live, be successful, etc.


vi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ vī-ˈta-lə-tē \
plural vitalities

Kids Definition of vitality

1 : capacity to live and develop the vitality of a seed
2 : energy sense 1, vigor She's a woman of great vitality.


vi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ vī-ˈtal-ət-ē \
plural vitalities

Medical Definition of vitality

1 : the peculiarity distinguishing the living from the nonliving
2 : capacity to live and develop also : physical or mental vigor especially when highly developed

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