vi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ vī-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce vitality (audio) \
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

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
Recent Examples on the Web Having a master of vitality at the helm of a brand certainly helps, but Kim Kardashian’s shapewear line relies on more than the reality star’s ability to make headlines. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2022 The hotline will operate from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, said Ely Fournier, director of economic vitality at SBCC. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Zingy on the nose with lemon zest and fierce limestone minerality that has good energy on the palate with lots of vitality. Cathrine Todd, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 But where Rodin mobilized light to create effects of erotic vitality, Giacometti expressed an equally forceful, almost Beckettian or Kafka-esque sense of stuckness and insecurity. Washington Post, 3 Mar. 2022 The couple got massages at the spa (a 100-minute deep tissue massage with CBD oil for complete relaxation), which boasts a vitality pool, a Zen lounge, a hydrotherapy circuit, and 24-hour gym. Victoria Uwumarogie, Essence, 31 Mar. 2022 In the swirling illustration by Rudy Gutierrez, Carlos Santana is encircled by the rich energetic tapestry weaved throughout his music, the faces of his inspirations, the pulsating vitality that radiates from his guitar strings. Yasmine Shemesh, Billboard, 22 Mar. 2022 The view that authoritarians are on the march – with more vision and vitality than democratic governments – has been dealt a severe blow by Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine missteps. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Mar. 2022 Devin Howland, Fayetteville's economic vitality director, said any potential future land uses at the mall are still unknown. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vitality

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Vitality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for vitality


vi·​tal·​i·​ty | \ vī-ˈta-lə-tē How to pronounce vitality (audio) \
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 How to pronounce vitality (audio) \
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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