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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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 Those six months ended up being almost 15 years, with Ghesquière bringing a new vitality and success to the maison. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Nicolas Ghesquière and Grace Coddington Reveal Some Juicy Fashion Secrets at The Met," 23 Oct. 2018 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

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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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