vi·​tal·​ize | \ ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce vitalize (audio) \
vitalized; vitalizing

Definition of vitalize

transitive verb

: to endow with vitality : animate

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vitalization \ ˌvī-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vitalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of vitalize in a Sentence

a hearty lunch and a long nap afterwards vitalized him again
Recent Examples on the Web What vitalizes them is the friction of the characters’ incongruent desires: on the one hand, to embrace the simplicity of someone else’s authority; on the other, to assert their own authorship. Sarah Resnick, The New Yorker, "Can a Novel Capture the Contradictions of Female Desire?," 24 Jan. 2020 Proponents say scrapping Article 370 addresses gender discrimination, since the law stipulates that Kashmiri women who marry people outside the region lose inherited property rights, and will vitalize the economy. Anchorage Daily News, "Unrest feared after India revokes Kashmir’s special status," 5 Aug. 2019 Camel’s milk is luminescent, as though lit from within, and salty as lassi and immediately vitalizing. Vogue, "Exploring the Wild World of Milk Alternatives," 15 Dec. 2017 He’s done so by vitalizing live performance in a place where, as Gartell tells it, musicians have been overshadowed by DJs since the dawn of disco, and cobbled until recently by strict restrictions on playing live music in bars and restaurants. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Formentera Jazz Festival: A Gathering of Good Vibes on a Small Mediterranean Island," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of vitalize

1678, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vitalize was in 1678

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“Vitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vitalize

chiefly US : to give life or energy to (something)

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