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 vitalizing

Historical Examples of vitalizing

  • A union of all the vitalizing elements is as necessary in society as in the family.

  • What celestial dreams and vitalizing sleep should fill our nights!

    Aunt Jane of Kentucky

    Eliza Calvert Hall

  • But the democratic theory is that, so obtained, they lack a vitalizing element.


    L. T. Hobhouse

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for vitalizing




(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 vitalizing



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper