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

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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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One study found that people whose social media included inspirational stories experienced gratitude, vitality and awe, so consider adding a few motivational or funny sites to your feed. Aneri Pattani,, "How to protect your mental health from social media: Tips from an expert," 8 June 2019 Tiger’s eye is a powerful stone that stimulates vitality and action-taking. Sarah Lazarus, The New Yorker, "Healing Crystals and How to Shoplift Them," 8 June 2019 Hotel brands, including Moxy, have taken note of the area’s vitality. Originating with a hotel in Milan in 2014, Moxy, a Marriott brand, has 28 properties worldwide, including seven in the United States. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Drawing a Younger Crowd to Lower Manhattan," 22 May 2018 Regional unification and promotion of Bay Area beer could mean greater industry vitality during Beer Week and year-round. Alyssa Pereira, San Francisco Chronicle, "Collaboration beers celebrate big changes for SF Brewers Guild," 1 Feb. 2018 Their spirit of social engagement and responsiveness to the vitality and terrors of human relationships is the tap root from which a generation of artists evolved. Julia Couzens, sacbee, "Power to the people -- through clay," 4 May 2018 The categories include Education, environment, community vitality, equity, population health, food and nutrition, economy, infrastructure, housing and public safety. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, "These are the healthiest places in the United States," 26 Mar. 2018 The threat is that a declining private sector—which accounts for more than half of China’s economic output—will rob the economy of vitality, with growth having slipped to 6.5% last quarter and projected to slow further. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China’s Private-Sector Woes Spur Leaders Into Action," 19 Nov. 2018 But most of that vitality—restaurants, museums, music, sports events, clubs, cocktail bars—comes out of after-tax income. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Bezos Invades Trump’s Backyard," 14 Nov. 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 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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