Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To impart vigor, strength, or vitality to; animate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To give vigor to; give life and energy to; strengthen; animate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To give vigor to; to strengthen; to animate; to give life and energy to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To impart vigor, strength, or vitality to.
  • verb transitive To heighten or intensify.
  • verb transitive To give life or energy to.
  • verb transitive To make lively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb make lively
  • verb impart vigor, strength, or vitality to
  • verb give life or energy to
  • verb heighten or intensify

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly obsolete invigor (from French envigorer, from Old French envigourer : en-, in; see in– + vigour, vigor; see vigor) + –ate.]

Examples

  • National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), said the issue of succession would not be on the agenda of the meeting, which was meant to "invigorate" the party.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Surely the video, and the ones to come, will continue to "invigorate" our political life - perhaps a bit more than the Aftergoods of this world would like.

    Trina's Kitchen

  • So throwing money at Chuck E. Cheese might look like a great way to "invigorate" the economy, but it's clearly a bad idea.

    Reason Magazine - Hit & Run

  • She was a desperate attempt by McCain to "invigorate" his ticket.

    CNN Political Ticker

  • Obama said he hopes the talks and the upcoming new U.S. plan for the fight against the Taliban and al-Qaeda would "invigorate" NATO participation in the U. S.-led operation, now in its 8th year.

    USATODAY.com News - Top Stories

  • So throwing money at Chuck E. Cheese might look like a great way to "invigorate" the economy, but it's clearly a bad idea.

    Reason Magazine - Hit & Run

  • AP quotes the former as saying it thinks Apple will "invigorate" things.

    The iPhone Blog

  • Sarah Palin still has no idea that her nomination was a political attempt to 'Jump the shark', based not on some strong resume involving statesmanship and understanding of the issues, but on her ability to be photogenic and 'invigorate a younger generation of the right wing'.

    Palin to Hong Kong

  • A report released by Harvard economists shows that while the echo-boom generation (ages 25 to 44) is expected to “invigorate” the real-estate market, immigration remains a “wild card” that could either “dampen” or “lift” the market.

    Wonk Room » The WonkLine: June 23, 2009

  • (Harold Bloom's notion of the "anxiety of influence" probably fits in here as well, however much Bloom would prefer not to be associated with Eliot.) "Certain modifications of the old tradition" are needed to keep the "old tradition" from becoming merely old, as well as to invigorate "the new" through contact with the genuine achievements of the past.

    John Dewey's *Art as Experience*

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