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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.
Also, especially British, vitalise.
Origin of vitalize
First recorded in 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 vitalizing
Historical Examples
  • The body moisture of gods and demons had vitalizing properties.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • What celestial dreams and vitalizing sleep should fill our nights!

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky Eliza Calvert Hall
  • A union of all the vitalizing elements is as necessary in society as in the family.

  • There is only the barren will to give which only a miracle can transform into a vitalizing bounty.

    Imaginary Interviews W. D. Howells
  • We start my new electro-magnetic machine, and give Anna an electric shock, in the hope of its vitalizing her enfeebled nerves.

  • The forms may be repeated, but the vitalizing spirit is not there.

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • Mr. Jackson thinks they were used like cowries for vitalizing and protecting the dead.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • Their will and thought were in accord, vitalizing and confirming each other.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • After a little practice a sick person can do wonderful things for himself through the vitalizing force of auto-suggestion.

    The Victorious Attitude Orison Swett Marden
  • The general character of preaching was not of a vitalizing sort.

    Nineteenth Century Questions James Freeman Clarke
British Dictionary definitions for vitalizing


(transitive) to make vital, living, or alive; endow with life or vigour
Derived Forms
vitalization, vitalisation, noun
vitalizer, vitaliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vitalizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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