Definition of vita in US English:



  • A biography or résumé.

    • ‘It's an important thing you can put on your vita.’
    • ‘Whether it's for typing up memos, spreadsheets, presentations, standard operating procedures, thesis, curriculum vitas, or merely surfing the net, computer basics are required.’
    • ‘My full 18-point platform as well as a complete biographical statement and vita may be found at’
    • ‘But it's not congressional ethics investigators who are most likely to frown on Daschle's lobbying vita.’
    • ‘The modern editors and translators of St. Aunemund's vita, the Acta Aunemundi, have suggested, reasonably enough, that confusion over Aunemund's name may have caused confusion over his burial site.’
    • ‘For example, the content of a curriculum vita was reformatted to look like a letter, a dictionary and so on.’
    • ‘Taking my own advice about applying to previous employers, I then submitted my vita to a medium-sized historically Black college where I also had worked as an adjunct professor.’
    • ‘Each applicant must submit a curriculum vita, a letter of support from a member of APA and, in the instance of a self-nomination, verification that the endorser will serve the role and complete the functions of a nominator.’
    • ‘Specific proposals should be sent to the Journal no later than Jan.15, 2004, with prospectus and brief vita.’
    • ‘Rather, close analysis of episodes in face-to-face interaction in Juliana's vita reveals a complex dynamic of shifting alliances among competing social units drawn from small elite and marginal social circles.’
    • ‘At least I think if I were, for example, 28th author, I wouldn't want to devote a full half-page of my vita to the 27 names that precede mine.’
    • ‘Interestingly in this context, a dove with a crown in his beak hovers right outside the opening and well-known historiated initial of Book I of Juliana's vita.’
    • ‘Examination of his vita reveals that his efforts in his department and in other professional areas have been equally strong.’
    • ‘But then, she didn't always have a professional vita that people twice her age would kill for, either.’
    • ‘A characteristic feature of Juliana's vita is the presentation of short vignettes, or episodes of face-to-face interaction, each of which provides a scene that enabled the author to develop the character of the exemplar of virtue.’
    • ‘The vita author took great pains to articulate the charismatic gifts of Juliana against a historical background in which the basic hierocratic authority of the church was at stake.’
    • ‘The relationship to John is one of two described in the vita between Juliana and a male that had moments of full collegiality.’
    • ‘The program will offer candidates practical advice on how to write a curriculum vita, how to present their research seminar, and what tools they will need to excel on their academic interview.’
    • ‘Unlike the case of other women mystics in the Minne tradition, no vita or life story was written for Hadewijch.’
    • ‘The vita notes that after receiving the requisite approbations for the new feast from church officials, Juliana chose John, still a monk at Mont-Cornillon, as her partner.’
    • ‘But not all faculty members should aspire to be administrators or measure a successful career by whether or not administration is on the vita.’
    • ‘This attribution is based on the wording of the vita, which indicates that she ‘prayed’ while John wrote.’
    • ‘Interested candidates should submit six copies of their curriculum vita and a summary of their dissertation research - visit the Web address below for summary requirements.’
    • ‘Who would have thought that one line on my vita, under community service, would have led to this job?’
    • ‘The principal source of information about Juliana is her vita, which was initially written in vernacular French, most likely by her friend Eve, and then translated into Latin between 1261 and 1264.’
    • ‘Juliana's vita was an exception to the ‘male interpreter’ pattern described by Mooney, Coakley, and others.’
    • ‘Here was a saintly bishop whose vita would not easily suit Lyon's burghers' ideas about a healthy relationship between secular and spiritual authority in their city.’
    • ‘What about the average successful vita, though: that is to say, the kind of vita that professors most often must evaluate?’
    • ‘Having sung 12 roles at the MET is an impressive item on any tenor's vita, and not surprisingly he had no problems filling the Lisner Auditorium with his sound.’
    • ‘An indication of how a contemporary may have read the figure can be found in Vasari's vita of Fra Angelico, where the author mentions a manuscript Cosimo Bartoli had seen in Venice and described to him.’
    • ‘A process streamlined into grim efficiency, yielding one more line on the scholar's vita.’
    • ‘51 vignettes, or episodes of interaction, were selected from the vita, 23 episodes with men and 28 with women.’
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Latin, literally ‘life’.