vital

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English vital, from Old French vital, from Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving), from vīta (life), from vīvō (I live){{|doublet| of |quick|}}.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: vī'təl, IPA(key): /ˈvaɪtəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪtəl

Adjective[edit]

vital (comparative more vital, superlative most vital)

  1. Relating to, or characteristic of life.
    Synonym: lifely
    vital energies; vital functions; vital actions
  2. Necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.
    The brain is a vital organ.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Qveene. [], London: [] [John Wolfe] for VVilliam Ponsonbie, OCLC 960102938, book II, canto I, stanza 12:
      And doen the heavens afford him vitall food?
    • 1925, Seba Eldridge, The Organization of Life (page 164)
      We have argued that organizatory agents are operative in all vital processes, processes that overstep the limits of the physicochemical; []
    • 1913, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt[1]:
      Challenger breathed two or three times with enormous gulps, his lungs roaring as he drew in the vital gas.
  3. Invigorating or life-giving.
  4. Necessary to continued existence.
    The transition to farming was vital for the creation of civilisation.
  5. Relating to the recording of life events.
    Birth, marriage and death certificates are vital records.
  6. Very important.
    Synonyms: crucial, necessary, significant; see also Thesaurus:important
    It is vital that you don't forget to do your homework.
    • 2012 December 14, Simon Jenkins, “We mustn't overreact to North Korea boys' toys”, in The Guardian Weekly[2], volume 188, number 2, page 23:
      David Cameron insists that his latest communications data bill is “vital to counter terrorism”. Yet terror is mayhem. It is no threat to freedom. That threat is from counter-terror, from ministers capitulating to securocrats.
    • 2018, Clarence Green; James Lambert, “Advancing disciplinary literacy through English for academic purposes: Discipline-specific wordlists, collocations and word families for eight secondary subjects”, in Journal of English for Academic Purposes, volume 35, DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2018.07.004, page 105:
      Vocabulary is a vital component of educational success in both first and second language contexts.
    • 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 43:
      Typically for the 'get-on-with-it' era, the railway and military worked like demons to restore the vital rail link. The crater was rapidly filled in and the earth tamped solid, the wreckage was removed by breakdown trains, new rails and sleepers were rushed forward by willing hands, and US Army bulldozers piled in. By 2020 on the same day, both tracks were open for traffic again where there had been a gaping pit just hours before.
  7. Containing life; living.
    Synonyms: extant, live, kicking; see also Thesaurus:alive
  8. Capable of living; in a state to live; viable.

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Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vitalis.

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Adjective[edit]

vital (masculine and feminine plural vitals)

  1. vital

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French vital, from Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving).

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vital (feminine singular vitale, masculine plural vitaux, feminine plural vitales)

  1. vital

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Galician[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vītālis (of life, life-giving).

Adjective[edit]

vital m or f (plural vitais)

  1. vital (relating to, or characteristic of life)
  2. vital, important, necessary

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German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vītālis.

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vital (strong nominative masculine singular vitaler, comparative vitaler, superlative am vitalsten)

  1. lively; hale; vigorous
    Synonyms: lebhaft, markig, rüstig, voller Leben
  2. (rather rare, formal) vital (necessary to, or characteristic of life)
    Synonyms: lebenswichtig, Lebens-

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch vitaal, from Middle French vital, from Latin vītālis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈvital]
  • Hyphenation: vi‧tal

Adjective[edit]

vital

  1. vital:
    1. very important.
    2. (medicine) necessary to the continuation of life; being the seat of life; being that on which life depends.

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Interlingua[edit]

Adjective[edit]

vital (not comparable)

  1. vital

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vitalis.

Adjective[edit]

vital (neuter singular vitalt, definite singular and plural vitale)

  1. vital

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vitalis.

Adjective[edit]

vital (neuter singular vitalt, definite singular and plural vitale)

  1. vital

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vitalis.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: vi‧tal
  • Rhymes: -al, -aw

Adjective[edit]

vital m or f (plural vitais, comparable)

  1. vital (relating to, or characteristic of life)
  2. vital (necessary to the continuation of life)
  3. vital (very important)
    Synonyms: crucial, fundamental, essencial

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Romanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French vital, from Latin vitalis.

Adjective[edit]

vital m or n (feminine singular vitală, masculine plural vitali, feminine and neuter plural vitale)

  1. vital

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vitalis.

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  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

vital (plural vitales)

  1. vital

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