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[vig-er] /ˈvɪg ər/
active strength or force.
healthy physical or mental energy or power; vitality.
energetic activity; energy; intensity:
The economic recovery has given the country a new vigor.
force of healthy growth in any living matter or organism, as a plant.
active or effective force, especially legal validity.
Also, especially British, vigour.
Origin of vigor
1300-50; Middle English vigo(u)r < Anglo-French; Middle French vigeur < Latin vigor force, energy, equivalent to vig(ēre) to be vigorous, thrive + -or -or1
Related forms
vigorless, adjective
2. drive, force, strength. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vigor
  • It stirs the oceans with more vigor, and ever so slowly provides energy to the water world too.
  • No one questioned his renewed energy and vigor, because he had always been vivacious.
  • Another type is meant to stimulate root growth, stem vigor, and flower and fruit production.
  • Mine look a little better than yours but remain stunted with no vine vigor whatsoever.
  • Yet many colleges remain slow to react to that threat, and have failed to tackle security issues with appropriate vigor.
  • Manufacturing may ultimately be central to the vigor of a nation's democracy.
  • There are several less easily described concepts floating around, with equal vigor.
  • In government laboratories and elsewhere, scientists are seeking a drug able to prolong life and youthful vigor.
  • Cells that would have formed the outside of the placenta failed to grow and proliferate with their normal vigor, the group found.
  • And the theory brought renewed vigor to the debate about the benefits of moderate alcohol intake.
British Dictionary definitions for vigor


exuberant and resilient strength of body or mind; vitality
substantial effective energy or force: the vigour of the tempest
forcefulness; intensity: the vigour of her complaints
the capacity for survival or strong healthy growth in a plant or animal: hybrid vigour
the most active period or stage of life, manhood, etc; prime
(mainly US) legal force or effectiveness; validity (esp in the phrase in vigour)
Word Origin
C14: from Old French vigeur, from Latin vigor activity, from vigēre to be lively
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Word Origin and History for vigor

c.1300, from Anglo-French vigour, Old French vigor, from Latin vigorem (nominative vigor) "liveliness, activity, force," from vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive," from PIE *wog-/*weg- "be lively or active" (see vigil).

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