vig·​or·​ous | \ ˈvi-g(ə-)rəs How to pronounce vigorous (audio) \

Definition of vigorous

1 : done with vigor : carried out forcefully and energetically vigorous exercises
2 : possessing vigor : full of physical or mental strength or active force : strong a vigorous youth a vigorous plant

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Other Words from vigorous

vigorousness noun

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vigorous, energetic, strenuous, lusty, nervous mean having or showing great vitality and force. vigorous further implies showing no signs of depletion or diminishing of freshness or robustness. as vigorous as a youth half his age energetic suggests a capacity for intense activity. an energetic campaigner strenuous suggests a preference for coping with the arduous or the challenging. the strenuous life on an oil rig lusty implies exuberant energy and capacity for enjoyment. a lusty appetite for life nervous suggests especially the forcibleness and sustained effectiveness resulting from mental vigor. full of nervous energy

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She remained vigorous into her nineties. His speech was met with vigorous applause. She gave a vigorous defense of her beliefs.
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Recent Examples on the Web Regulating blockchain and cryptoassets is a topic that has quickly moved from an issue that had approached with caution to an area that is showcasing vigorous enforcement and compliance efforts. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 In 1977, Byron Marchant was put on trial and ultimately excommunicated for his vigorous efforts to advocate for racial equality within the church. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2021 Unsurprisingly, some of the most vigorous efforts by Republicans are in swing states where last year’s races for national offices were close. Michael Wines,, 27 Feb. 2021 Unsurprisingly, some of the most vigorous efforts by Republicans are in swing states where last year’s races for national offices were close. New York Times, 27 Feb. 2021 Longhurst opened the first British production of the landmark musical in May 2017 at Chichester Festival Theatre, the vigorous regional producing house on the U.K.’s south coast. David Benedict, Variety, 5 Oct. 2021 The conversation and tone around blockchain and cryptoassets has continued to shift from an initial lack of understanding, to a hands-off approach, to one that most accurately be described as vigorous. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 Wyoming officials are promising a vigorous fight against Biden’s vaccine mandate, with talk about using the president’s coronavirus relief funds to compensate businesses for fines levied against them for defying the mandate. Mead Gruver, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Sep. 2021 The same front could generate more vigorous storms late Tuesday afternoon and evening, which could produce gusty winds, heavy rain and even small hail. Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of vigorous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for vigorous

Middle English vigorous, vigrous, from Anglo-French, from vigour

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

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“Vigorous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vigorous

: healthy and strong
: done with great force and energy


vig·​or·​ous | \ ˈvi-gə-rəs How to pronounce vigorous (audio) \

Kids Definition of vigorous

1 : very healthy and strong a vigorous plant
2 : done with force and energy vigorous exercise

Other Words from vigorous

vigorously adverb I shook it vigorously.

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