verb (used with object), vi·tal·ized, vi·tal·iz·ing.

to give life to; make vital.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vitalize

Historical Examples of vitalize

  • His is the task to develop and vitalize these smothered faculties and potentialities.

  • You, in your own city, with your own teachers, can vitalize your elementary schools.

    The New Education

    Scott Nearing

  • Thus only was it possible for him to quicken and vitalize his powers to their fullest.

  • There was a spiritual atmosphere in the place that did not vitalize her blood.

    Cast Adrift

    T. S. Arthur

  • It is a plain question of your ability to choose, arrange and vitalize things.

British Dictionary definitions for vitalize




(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 vitalize

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

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