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vi·tal

vital

 
 
pronunciation:
vaI tl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having to do with life.
The nurse checked the patient's heartbeat and other vital signs.
similar words:
animate
definition 2: necessary to life.
The heart and lungs are vital organs.
definition 3: full of life or energy.
The old woman was still vital at ninety years of age.
synonyms:
animated, energetic, lively
antonyms:
mechanical
similar words:
active, alive, animate, brisk, bubbling, dynamic, indispensable, sparkling
definition 4: very important; necessary.
It is vital that you finish high school.
synonyms:
critical, crucial, essential, indispensable, necessary
antonyms:
unimportant
similar words:
cardinal, central, imperative, important, material, paramount
derivation: vitally (adv.)
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