Vital meaning

vītl
The definition of vital is something that is absolutely essential or necessary or a person who is lively and full of life.

An example of vital is your heart.

An example of vital is a person who is always active and on-the-go.

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The essential parts of anything, indispensable for its existence, continuance, etc.
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Destructive to life; fatal.

A vital injury.

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Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining.

A vital organ; vital nutrients.

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Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.

The brain is a vital organ.

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Full of life or energy; animated.
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Of, concerned with, or manifesting life.

Vital energy.

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Affecting the validity, truth, etc. of something.

A vital error.

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Full of life and vigor; energetic.

A vital personality.

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Invigorating or life-giving.
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The vital organs, as the heart, brain, lungs, etc.
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Relating to or characteristic of life.

Vital strength.

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Used or done on a living cell or tissue.

Vital dyes; vital staining.

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Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives.

Vital records.

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Relating to, or characteristic of life.

Vital energies; vital functions; vital actions.

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Necessary to continued existence.

The transition to farming was vital for the creation of civilisation.

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Relating to the recording of life events.

Birth, marriage and death certificates are vital records.

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Very important.

It is vital that you don't forget to do your homework.

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Containing life; living.
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Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.
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Origin of vital

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin vītālis from vīta life gwei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vÄ«tālis (“of life, life-giving"), from vÄ«ta (“life"), from vÄ«vō (“live").

    From Wiktionary