V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: 1. important and necessary to the continuing survival of something; 2. required for life; 3. full of life and spirit
Synonyms: crucial, essential, necessary, alive, living, energetic, spirited, vivacious
Antonyms: inessential, dead
Tips: Vital is derived from the Latin vita, "life." Something that is vital is an essential element of life, or is very lively and spirited. The related noun vitality refers to energy and the ability to thrive--being "full of life."
It is of vital importance that I finish the report this week; my job is at stake. (crucial)
The patient's vital signs are good, and she should be released from the hospital today. (living, referring to life)
I'm hoping that a long vacation will restore my vitality. (energy, spirit) noun
They can't fire me; I'm a vital part of this organization. (essential, necessary)
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