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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.
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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 vitalise

Historical Examples

  • They are the arteries that vitalise the mechanism and allow it to work.

    South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 6 (of 6)

    Louis Creswicke

  • Nor is it to depreciate culture, but to bring it into due perspective, and to vitalise it.

    Nature Mysticism

    J. Edward Mercer

  • Blank-verse drama is a specially limited convention, which only great genius can vitalise.

  • And here at last has come the invention which science most needed to complete and vitalise Marconi's work.

  • Conscience and the consciousness of individual relation to God penetrate and vitalise the whole.

British Dictionary definitions for vitalise



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



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

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