in·​vig·​o·​rate | \ in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \
invigorated; invigorating

Definition of invigorate

transitive verb

: to give life and energy to : animate also : stimulate sense 1

Other Words from invigorate

invigoration \ in-​ˌvi-​gə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \ noun
invigorator \ in-​ˈvi-​gə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \ noun

Examples of invigorate in a Sentence

A brisk walk in the cool morning air always invigorates me. He was invigorated by the positive feedback. The mayor has plans to invigorate the downtown economy.
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Recent Examples on the Web Mostly shot in color, monochromatic imagery was used to invigorate the spirit of the iconic television show. Daron James, Los Angeles Times, 5 Jan. 2022 As Netflix face slowing growth and increased streaming competition in the US, the company is looking to invigorate its growth overseas. Adario Strange, Quartz, 15 Dec. 2021 But the three writers who ended up together on my night table confirm that the authority of prior standards and conventions, rather than threaten or depress, can invigorate. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 The currency has tumbled sharply this year as the Turkish government has tried to invigorate its economy despite chronically high inflation. Alex Veiga, ajc, 27 Dec. 2021 They are meant to invigorate, excite and bring people together for a common purpose, to enjoy time spent with each other. Joseph Young, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Collins acknowledged how Cardi B’s passion and authenticity is uniquely primed to invigorate the show’s format in a statement. Keyaira Boone, Essence, 2 Nov. 2021 In 2013, Rowe cozied up with Charles Koch on the MikeRoweWORKS foundation, an organization Rowe founded to invigorate interest in the trades and close the skills gap that received so much attention during the recession. Jake Maynard, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2021 Conversations with your friends can invigorate you at this time. Tarot Astrologers,, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of invigorate

1646, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invigorate

probably from in- + vigor

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“Invigorate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of invigorate

: to give life and energy to (someone)
: to cause (something) to become more active and lively


in·​vig·​o·​rate | \ in-ˈvi-gə-ˌrāt How to pronounce invigorate (audio) \
invigorated; invigorating

Kids Definition of invigorate

: to give life and energy to The swim was invigorating.

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