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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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  • He procured some water, raised the man's head, and allowed him to take a deep and invigorating draught.

  • Mixed with water it is cooling and invigorating for sponging the body.

  • An infinite population, summoned by the invigorating twilight, poured forth in all directions.

    Alroy Benjamin Disraeli
  • It is like wine in its invigorating qualities, like wine, suh.

    Aladdin & Co. Herbert Quick
  • The day was crisp and sunny, with an invigorating breeze from the lake, which set the blood pulsing in his veins.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
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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