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[vig-er-uh s] /ˈvɪg ər əs/
full of or characterized by vigor:
a vigorous effort.
strong; active; robust:
a vigorous youngster.
energetic; forceful:
vigorous steps; a vigorous personality.
powerful in action or effect:
vigorous law enforcement.
growing well, as a plant.
Origin of vigorous
1300-50; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin vigorōsus. See vigor, -ous
Related forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
overvigorous, adjective
overvigorously, adverb
overvigorousness, noun
supervigorous, adjective
supervigorously, adverb
supervigorousness, noun
unvigorous, adjective
unvigorously, adverb
unvigorousness, noun
2. sturdy, sound, healthy. See active. 3. powerful.
1–5. weak. Unabridged
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  • Leroy vigorously argues that bats should not be culled.
  • Knock the plant from its container and cut out a small, vigorously growing section.
British Dictionary definitions for vigorously


endowed with bodily or mental strength or vitality; robust
displaying, involving, characterized by, or performed with vigour: vigorous growth
Derived Forms
vigorously, adverb
vigorousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for vigorously



c.1300 (early 13c. as a surname), from Anglo-French vigrus, Old French vigorosus, from Latin vigere "be lively, flourish, thrive" (see vigor). Related: Vigorously.

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