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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.
Synonym Study
See animate. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for invigoration
Historical Examples
  • For invigoration or revitalizing, resort must be made to its primitive blood cause.

  • It was a delight to breathe the warm salt air and feel its invigoration.

    A Trip to the Orient Robert Urie Jacob
  • invigoration has come out of that which threatened life and joy out of that which made for sorrow.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • By vibration I mean an invigoration of forces, of which the rider ought always to be the agent.

  • As a result, China was able to build national armies in direct ratio with the invigoration of her national economic system.

    Government in Republican China Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger
  • These all having the same origin, require the same remedy, viz.: purification and invigoration of the blood.

  • In Geneva, Melville, like Knox, received much of his invigoration for the work that awaited him on his return to his native land.

    Andrew Melville William Morison
  • The invigoration of this was still upon him as, with a song, he raised the clumsy skin sail upon the rough-hewn mast.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • In other words, it demands the invigoration of the light and wholesome side of man.

  • To the one who believes not, nothing happens beyond the cleansing of his body and its invigoration.

    Lotus Buds Amy Carmichael
British Dictionary definitions for invigoration


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for invigoration

1660s, noun of action from invigorate.



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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