[ in-vig-uh-reyt ]
/ ɪnˈvɪg əˌreɪt /
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verb (used with object), in·vig·or·at·ed, in·vig·or·at·ing.

to give vigor to; fill with life and energy; energize.



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Origin of invigorate

First recorded in 1640–50; in-2 + obsolete vigorate “invigorated”; see vigor, -ate1

synonym study for invigorate

See animate.


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What does invigorate mean?

To invigorate is to fill with energy or a feeling of vitality, renewal, or refreshment.

Invigorate is especially used in the context of things that make people feel “alive” or renewed or refreshed physically, mentally, and emotionally. Such a state or feeling can be called vigor, which is at the root of invigorate. A close synonym is vitality. In other words, to invigorate is to fill with vigor.

Someone who feels this way can be described with the adjective invigorated, as in I feel really invigorated after that long, restful weekend. 

Something that invigorates can be described with the adjective invigorating, as in I love an invigorating swim in the ocean. 

Sometimes, invigorate is applied to things other than people to mean something like stimulate or boost, as in These measures are meant to invigorate the economy. 

Example: Being out in the sunshine invigorates me and makes me feel alive.

Where does invigorate come from?

The first records of the word invigorate come from the 1640s. It’s based on the root word vigor, which comes from a Latin term meaning “force” or “energy.”

Things that invigorate you make you feel more alive. This often happens in the context of something that fills you with energy in a physical way. But it can happen in other ways, too. Visiting an art exhibit might invigorate your creativity. In most cases, being invigorated is a big change. You could say you were invigorated by an afternoon cup of coffee, but more often the word is reserved for things that really give you a significant physical, emotional, and mental boost.

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What are some other forms related to invigorate?

  • invigorating (adjective)
  • invigorated (adjective)

What are some synonyms for invigorate?

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How is invigorate used in real life?

Invigorate is most commonly used in the discussion of things that make you feel more alive or renew your body, mind, and spirit.



Try using invigorate!

Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of invigorate?

A. weaken
B. enliven
C. vitalize
D. energize

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British Dictionary definitions for invigorate

/ (ɪnˈvɪɡəˌreɪt) /


(tr) to give vitality and vigour to; animate; brace; refreshto be invigorated by fresh air

Derived forms of invigorate

Word Origin for invigorate

C17: from in- ² + Latin vigor vigour
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