vital

adjective
vi·​tal | \ ˈvī-tᵊl How to pronounce vital (audio) \

Definition of vital

1a : of the utmost importance a vital clue vital resources
b : fundamentally concerned with or affecting life or living beings: such as
(1) : tending to renew or refresh the living : invigorating
(2) : destructive to life : mortal
2a : concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life vital organs blood and other vital fluids
b : existing as a manifestation of life
3 : full of life and vigor : animated
4 : characteristic of life or living beings
5 : recording data relating to lives
6 : of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues

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Other Words from vital

vitally \ ˈvī-​tᵊl-​ē How to pronounce vitally (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for vital

essential, fundamental, vital, cardinal mean so important as to be indispensable. essential implies belonging to the very nature of a thing and therefore being incapable of removal without destroying the thing itself or its character. conflict is essential in drama fundamental applies to something that is a foundation without which an entire system or complex whole would collapse. fundamental principles of algebra vital suggests something that is necessary to a thing's continued existence or operation. cut off from vital supplies cardinal suggests something on which an outcome turns or depends. a cardinal rule in buying a home

Examples of vital in a Sentence

These matters are vital to national defense. The sciences are a vital part of the school curriculum. your heart, lungs, and other vital organs Exercise keeps her young and vital.
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Recent Examples on the Web So far, the Food Group has played a vital role in feeding the community in a time of great uncertainty. Bobby Verhey St. Paul Academy, Star Tribune, "The Food Group responds to fresh demand," 11 Sep. 2020 The Academy is committed to playing a vital role in helping make this a reality. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Oscars unveil new representation and inclusion standards for Best Picture eligibility," 9 Sep. 2020 The need is especially important now during this time of COVID-19, as volunteers play a vital role in screening visitors and taking their temperatures, among other duties. cleveland, "Without (much) further ado, here are the newest members of the Shaker Schools Hall of Fame: Press Run," 4 Sep. 2020 The Housley Life which boasts over 300,000 subscribers, cooking has played a vital role in bringing the family together during a time of so much uncertainty and duress. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Tamera Mowry-Housley Has Found Peace In The Kitchen During Quarantine," 28 Aug. 2020 Government relief efforts also have a vital role in determining where economies go next. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "How the world's top economies are faring during worst recession on record," 28 Aug. 2020 Throughout the document, the reader is reminded that music streaming companies deserve credit for playing a vital role in the wider industry's turnaround. Glenn Peoples, Billboard, "With 100 Million U.S. Subscribers, Streaming Services Declare: 'We Are Fully Part of This Industry'," 27 Aug. 2020 The encrypted messaging service, which was similarly popular in the amorphous movements of Catalonia and Hong Kong, has played a vital role in organizing protesters and disseminating information horizontally, absent any formalized leadership. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "How Protest Tactics Travel," 26 Aug. 2020 At locations with factories producing items necessary for the war effort, such as Electric Boat, Pratt and Whitney and Sikorsky, women played a vital role in keeping production going. courant.com, "Rosie the Riveter celebrated at event in Hebron," 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of vital

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

History and Etymology for vital

Middle English, from Latin vitalis of life, from vita life; akin to Latin vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of vital was in the 14th century

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17 Sep 2020

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“Vital.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vital. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for vital

vital

adjective
How to pronounce vital (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of vital

: extremely important
: needed by your body in order to keep living
: very lively or energetic

vital

adjective
vi·​tal | \ ˈvī-tᵊl How to pronounce vital (audio) \

Kids Definition of vital

1 : concerned with or necessary to the continuation of life The heart and lungs are vital organs.
2 : full of life and energy At 80, he's still an active and vital man.
3 : very important a vital clue

Other Words from vital

vitally adverb These are vitally needed supplies.

vital

adjective
vi·​tal | \ ˈvīt-ᵊl How to pronounce vital (audio) \

Medical Definition of vital

1a : existing as a manifestation of life
b : concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life vital organs blood and other vital fluids
2 : characteristic of life or living beings vital activities
3 : recording data relating to lives vital records
4 : of, relating to, or constituting the staining of living tissues

Other Words from vital

vitally \ -​ᵊl-​ē How to pronounce vitally (audio) \ adverb

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