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[in-vig-uh-reyt] /ɪnˈvɪg əˌreɪt/
verb (used with object), invigorated, invigorating.
to give vigor to; fill with life and energy; energize.
Origin of invigorate
1640-50; in-2 + obsolete vigorate invigorated; see vigor, -ate1
Related forms
invigoratingly, adverb
invigoration, noun
invigorative, adjective
invigoratively, adverb
invigorator, noun
reinvigorate, verb (used with object), reinvigorated, reinvigorating.
reinvigoration, noun
uninvigorated, adjective
uninvigorating, adjective
uninvigorative, adjective
uninvigoratively, adverb
Can be confused
energize, enervate, innervate, invigorate.
strengthen, vitalize. See animate. Unabridged
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  • It is a constant source of stimulating thought and invigorating discussion.
  • Honors colloquia, community service learning, and carefully guided research projects add to the invigorating mix.
  • There is no invigorating spinach for the struggling global economy.
  • He has a dream of reviving and invigorating his language, now spoken by fewer than half of his people.
  • Discussion is invigorating but it should be well founded.
  • Hot and cool, invigorating yet soothing, ginger dances on the palate.
  • And retailers responded to flagging sales by invigorating their offers.
  • It's invigorating to get out on the smooth red clay and run around in the breeze and the sun.
  • The invigorating auction enjoyed the extra frisson of preemptions.
  • For example, try two drops spearmint extract and two drops eucalyptus extract to create an invigorating scent.
British Dictionary definitions for invigorating


(transitive) to give vitality and vigour to; animate; brace; refresh: to be invigorated by fresh air
Derived Forms
invigorating, adjective
invigoratingly, adverb
invigoration, noun
invigorative, adjective
invigoratively, adverb
invigorator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from in-² + Latin vigorvigour
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Word Origin and History for invigorating

1690s, adjective from present participle of invigorate. Related: Invigoratingly.



1640s, from in- (2) + vigor + -ate (2). Earlier verb was envigor (1610s). Related: Invigorated; invigorating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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