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vital (live)

Definition:

manifesting or characteristic of life

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Related to:

vitality | vitalize | vitalness

Comparative:

more vital

Superlative:

most vital

Similar to:

alive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage examples:

  • a vital, living organism
  • vital signs

Etymology:

"of or manifesting life", from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of vital...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

vital | decisive [synonym, sense-specific] | vitally [adverb, derived]

essential to maintain life | forceful, energetic, or lively | of, relating to, having, or displaying life | indispensable or essential | of great ... (20 of 538 words, 9 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vital

Merriam-Webster:

vital | animated [synonym, sense-specific] | invigorating [synonym, sense-specific] | mortal [synonym, sense-specific] | dynamic [synonym, sense-specific] | energetic [synonym, sense-specific] | flush [synonym, sense-specific] | gingery [synonym, sense-specific] | lusty [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

existing as a manifestation of life ; concerned with or necessary to the maintenance of life | full of life and vigor; "animated" | characteristic of ... (24 of 299 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vital

Wikipedia:

Vital [disambiguation] | Vitals

may refer to: VITAL for Children, a charitable organisation | Vitalism, the doctrine that life cannot be explained solely by mechanism | Vitalism (Jainism), the Jain teacher Mahāvīra's philosophy | Vital Forsikring, a Norwegian insurance company |... (33 of 294 words, 21 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vital

American Heritage Dictionary:

vital | vitally [adverb, related] | vitalness [noun, related]

Of, relating to, or characteristic of life: Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining | Full of life; animated | Imparting life or ... (21 of 133 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vital

Oxford Dictionary:

vital | vitals | essential [synonym, sense-specific] | lively [synonym, sense-specific] | vitally [derived]

absolutely necessary; essential | indispensable to the continuance of life | full of energy; lively | [archaic] : fatal | ("vitals") | the body's ... (19 of 125 words, 6 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/vital

New World Dictionary:

vital | vitally [adverb, related]

of, concerned with, or manifesting life | necessary or essential to life; being a source or support of life ; affecting, especially destroying, life; ... (23 of 111 words, 7 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vital

Wiktionary:

vital

Relating to, or characteristic of life. | Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends. | Invigorating or life-giving. | Necessary to continued existence. | Relating to the recording of life events. | ... (37 of 111 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/vital

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vital

very important, necessary, or essential | full of energy and life | [only before noun] necessary to keep you alive (18 of 99 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vital

Cambridge Dictionary:

vital [entry 1] | vitally [adverb, derived]

necessary for the success or continued existence of something; extremely important (11 of 96 words, 6 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vital 1

vital [entry 2]

[formal approving] energetic | [formal] relating to life (7 of 25 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vital 2

Random House Dictionary:

vital

of or pertaining to life. | having remarkable energy, liveliness, or force of personality. | being the seat or source of life. | necessary to life. | ... (23 of 85 words, 8 definitions, 8 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/vital

Encarta Dictionary:

vital

extremely important and necessary, or indispensable to the survival or continuing effectiveness of something | required for the continuation of life | ... (20 of 71 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734369​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

vital

First use: late 14th century

Origin: "of or manifesting life", from Latin vitalis "of or belonging to life", from vita "life", related to vivere "to live", from ... (24 of 78 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=vital

Oxford Dictionary:

vital | vitals

Origin: late Middle English (describing the animating principle of living beings, also in "... of the adjective"): via Old French from Latin vitalis, ... (22 of 34 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/vital

New World Dictionary:

vital

Origin: Middle English from Middle French from Latin vitalis, vital from vita, life, akin to vivere, to live: see "bio-"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vital

Merriam-Webster:

vital

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin vitalis of life, from vita life; akin to Latin vivere to live

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vital

Wiktionary:

vital

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis ("of life, life-giving"), from vīta ("life"), from vīvō ("live").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/vital

American Heritage Dictionary:

vital

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis, from vīta, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vital

Collins Dictionary:

vital

First use: 14th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin vītālis belonging to life, from vīta life

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vital

Encarta Dictionary:

vital

First use: 14th century

Origin: Latin vitalis from vita "life"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861734369​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

vital

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Collins Dictionary:

vital

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www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vital

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vital

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

vital

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Cambridge Dictionary:

vital [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "vital"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "vital"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vital 1

the Free Dictionary:

vital

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Google Dictionary:

vital | vitals [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "vital"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

vital

Audio: North American pronunciation of "vital"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=vital​001 word=vital

YourDictionary Audio:

vital

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vital" by speech synthesizer

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