Definition of vitalize in US English:


(British vitalise)


[with object]
  • Give strength and energy to.

    ‘yoga calms and vitalizes body and mind’
    • ‘Tuna tartare, served in hollowed-out lemons, is vitalized with an unexpected foursome of currants, pine nuts, fava beans, and sun-dried tomatoes.’
    • ‘The goal is to conceptualize the two intellectual activities as synergistic with ideas emerging from one and vitalizing the other.’
    • ‘This would vitalise the tourist trade, forcing foreigners to come here to acquire the white gold, and would be a better long-term solution as opposed to exporting the raw ivory in bulk to China.’
    • ‘Enjoy fresh, wholesome vegetarian foods that vitalize the body.’
    • ‘Will need not destroy; it can vitalize, it can lust for good.’
    • ‘And it is precisely this intangible element - a sense of shared values and community - that is the legacy that seems to be the driving force sustaining and vitalizing this collection.’
    • ‘And it is this current state of affairs that allows and indeed vitalizes a penal code that calls for ever more executions to be carried out by the state in expiation of such defiling acts that pollute the sacred public domain.’
    • ‘Fresh or dried dill weed and ground pepper vitalize a cucumber, onion, and vinegar combination.’
    • ‘Hydropaths believed that the sick body's self-curative powers could be vitalized by copious amounts of water, taken internally and externally, a non-stimulating diet, sunlight, exercise, and relaxation.’
    • ‘There was a competitive edge, which vitalised the most mundane of conversations.’
    • ‘He then vitalizes this theory by describing the rise of the United States to world preeminence, employing a highly original structure and a set of sophisticated, internally consistent paradigms.’
    • ‘Instead, by the end of the workday, they're already vitalized and eager to hit a hard evening workout.’
    • ‘Americanisms have vitalised the English language.’
    • ‘She felt a great hope swelling in her heart, vitalizing her entire being.’
    • ‘Music created by British Asians is vitalizing the club scene with its funky sounds and Indian dance and theater is enriching the arts.’
    • ‘There was a pull, a peaceful power, in that simple sound, and its strength bolstered and vitalized the vegetation perhaps even more than more ordinary methods of caretaking.’
    • ‘Genuine art sensitizes, vitalizes, humanizes and always represents a danger to the existing state of things.’
    • ‘‘Gambling is part of tourism and can vitalise it,’ Miller said.’
    • ‘For three decades, tribal colleges and universities have been working to preserve and vitalize our cultures and traditions.’
    • ‘Plato has played a markedly vitalizing role in the history of European thought.’
    invigorate, strengthen, energize, enliven, liven up, animate, rejuvenate, restore, revive, refresh
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