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verb (used with object), vi·tal·ized, vi·tal·iz·ing.
  1. to give life to; make vital.
  2. to give vitality or vigor to; animate.
Also especially British, vi·tal·ise.

Origin of vitalize

First recorded in 1670–80; vital + -ize
Related formsvi·tal·i·za·tion, nounvi·tal·iz·er, nounhy·per·vi·tal·i·za·tion, nounhy·per·vi·tal·ize, verb (used with object), hy·per·vi·tal·ized, hy·per·vi·tal·iz·ing.non·vi·tal·ized, adjectivesub·vi·tal·i·za·tion, nounsub·vi·tal·ized, adjectiveun·der·vi·tal·ized, adjectiveun·vi·tal·ized, adjectiveun·vi·tal·iz·ing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vitalization

Historical Examples

  • It appears to be identified, or at least connected immediately, with the vitalization of the body.

    A Newly Discovered System of Electrical Medication

    Daniel Clark

  • The vitalization of the evidence regarding these cults is M. Cumont's great contribution.

  • Clearer teaching about social morality is fundamental, but the great need, after all, is the vitalization of morality.

    The Church and Modern Life

    Washington Gladden

  • They should be located and such use made of them as will mean the enrichment and vitalization of the work in related art.

    The Teaching of Art Related to the Home

    Federal Board for Vocational Education

  • Solve it, and the forms will soon begin to adapt themselves to the process of vitalization.

British Dictionary definitions for vitalization



  1. (tr) to make vital, living, or alive; endow with life or vigour
Derived Formsvitalization or vitalisation, nounvitalizer or vitaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for vitalization



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper