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[vahyt-l-ahyz] /ˈvaɪt lˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), vitalized, vitalizing.
to give life to; make vital.
to give vitality or vigor to; animate.
Origin of vitalize
1670-80; vital + -ize
Related forms
vitalization, noun
vitalizer, noun
hypervitalization, noun
hypervitalize, verb (used with object), hypervitalized, hypervitalizing.
nonvitalized, adjective
subvitalization, noun
subvitalized, adjective
undervitalized, adjective
unvitalized, adjective
unvitalizing, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vitalize
  • As a result, all initiatives from both producers and managers have been stimulated to vitalize the fishery sector.
  • Re-vitalize and re-structure the membership to insure maximum citizen participation in volunteer programs and activities.
  • The meeting is intended to re-organize and re-vitalize the group, which has been in hiatus.
  • We intend to re-vitalize the truly new and progressive form of government that is less that two hundred years old.
  • The corporation then uses this revenue to fund a variety of services that help redevelop and vitalize the downtown.
  • They vitalize every organ and build up brain and body.
British Dictionary definitions for vitalize


(transitive) to make vital, living, or alive; endow with life or vigour
Derived Forms
vitalization, vitalisation, noun
vitalizer, vitaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for vitalize

1670s, "to give life to," from vital + -ize. Figurative sense by 1805. Related: Vitalized; vitalizing.

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