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vi·tal

 (vīt′l)
adj.
1.
a. Of, relating to, or characteristic of life: vital strength. See Synonyms at living.
b. Necessary to the continuation of life; life-sustaining: a vital organ; vital nutrients.
c. Used or done on a living cell or tissue: vital dyes; vital staining.
d. Concerned with or recording data pertinent to lives: vital records.
2. Full of life or energy; animated: "The population of the teeming, vital slum ... declined" (Rick Hampson).
3.
a. Necessary to continued existence or effectiveness: "Irrigation was vital to early civilization" (William H. McNeill).
b. Extremely important; essential: "A vital component of any democracy is a free labor movement" (Bayard Rustin).
4. Destructive to life; fatal: a vital injury.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vītālis, from vīta, life; see gwei- in Indo-European roots.]

vi′tal·ly adv.
vi′tal·ness n.

vital

(ˈvaɪtəl)
adj
1. (Biology) essential to maintain life: the lungs perform a vital function.
2. forceful, energetic, or lively: a vital person.
3. (Biology) of, relating to, having, or displaying life: a vital organism.
4. indispensable or essential: books vital to this study.
5. of great importance; decisive: a vital game.
6. archaic influencing the course of life, esp negatively: a vital treachery.
n
7. (Anatomy) (plural)
a. the bodily organs, such as the brain, liver, heart, lungs, etc, that are necessary to maintain life
b. the organs of reproduction, esp the male genitals
8. (plural) the essential elements of anything
[C14: via Old French from Latin vītālis belonging to life, from vīta life]
ˈvitally adv

vi•tal

(ˈvaɪt l)

adj.
1. of, pertaining to, or necessary to life: vital processes.
2. energetic, lively, or forceful: a vital leader.
3. necessary to the existence, continuance, or well-being of something; essential.
4. of critical importance: vital decisions.
5. deadly: a vital wound.
[1350–1400; < Latin vītālis=vīt(a) life, derivative of vīvere to live (akin to bio-, quick, Skt jīvati (he) lives) + -ālis -al1]
vi′tal•ly, adv.
vi′tal•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vital - urgently neededvital - urgently needed; absolutely necessary; "a critical element of the plan"; "critical medical supplies"; "vital for a healthy society"; "of vital interest"
indispensable - not to be dispensed with; essential; "foods indispensable to good nutrition"
2.vital - performing an essential function in the living body; "vital organs"; "blood and other vital fluids"; "the loss of vital heat in shock"; "a vital spot"; "life-giving love and praise"
essential - basic and fundamental; "the essential feature"
3.vital - full of spirit; "a dynamic full of life woman"; "a vital and charismatic leader"; "this whole lively world"
animated, alive - having life or vigor or spirit; "an animated and expressive face"; "animated conversation"; "became very animated when he heard the good news"
4.vital - manifesting or characteristic of lifevital - manifesting or characteristic of life; "a vital, living organism"; "vital signs"
alive, live - possessing life; "the happiest person alive"; "the nerve is alive"; "doctors are working hard to keep him alive"; "burned alive"; "a live canary"

vital

adjective
2. lively, vigorous, energetic, spirited, dynamic, animated, vibrant, forceful, sparky, vivacious, full of beans (informal), zestful, full of the joy of living It is tragic to see how the disease has diminished a once vital person.
lively lethargic, apathetic, listless

vital

adjective
1. Marked by or exhibiting life:
3. Constituting or forming part of the essence of something:
4. Causing or tending to cause death:
Translations
حَيَوي، ضَروري، أساسيحَيَوي، نَشيطحَيَوِيّ
nezbytnýrozhodujícívitální
vitalaktivlivlig
elintärkeä
ključan
létfontosságú
líflegurnauîsynlegur
きわめて重大な
필수적인
gyvybingasgyvybingumas
ārkārtīgi svarīgsbūtisksdzīvīgsenerģisksvitāls
vitálny
bistvennujen
livsviktig
สำคัญมาก
sống còn

vital

[ˈvaɪtl]
A. ADJ
1. (= crucial) [part, component, element] → vital, indispensable; [ingredient] → esencial, indispensable, imprescindible; [factor] → decisivo; [link, role] → fundamental; [question] → vital; [information] → vital, esencial
it is vital to keep accurate recordses imprescindible or esencial llevar un registro detallado
is it really vital for her to have a new dress?¿es realmente imprescindible que se compre un vestido nuevo?
it is vital that this be kept secretes esencial que se mantenga en secreto
to be of vital importance (to sth/sb)ser de suma or vital importancia (para algo/algn)
at the vital momenten el momento crítico or clave
these meetings are vital to a successful outcomeestas reuniones son esenciales para un resultado positivo
2. (= dynamic) [person, organization] → vital, lleno de vitalidad
vital sparkchispa f vital
3. (Physiol) [organ, function] → vital
B. N vitals (Anat) (usu hum) (= internal organs) → órganos mpl vitales; (= male genitals) → órganos mpl sexuales, partes fpl (hum)
C. CPD vital signs NPL (Med) → signos mpl vitales
vital statistics NPL (Sociol) → estadísticas fpl demográficas [of woman's body] → medidas fpl

vital

[ˈvaɪtəl] adj
(= crucial) → vital(e)
to be of vital importance that ... → être d'une importance vitale que + subj ...
to be of vital importance to sb → être d'une importance vitale pour qn
it is vital to do sth → il est vital de faire qch
it is vital that ... → il est vital que + subj ...
(= lively) → plein(e) de vitalité

vital

adj
(= of life)vital, Lebens-; (= necessary for life)lebenswichtig; vital organslebenswichtige Organe pl; vital spark (fig)zündender Funke
(= essential)unerlässlich; of vital importancevon größter Wichtigkeit; this is vitaldas ist unbedingt notwendig; your support is vital to uswir brauchen unbedingt Ihre Unterstützung; is it vital for you to go?, is it vital that you go?müssen Sie denn unbedingt gehen?; it’s vital that this is finished by Tuesdaydas muss bis Dienstag unbedingt fertig sein; how vital is this?wie wichtig ist das?; such skills are vital for survivalderartige Fähigkeiten sind überlebenswichtig
(= critical) argument, issueentscheidend; errorschwerwiegend, schwer wiegend; at the vital momentim kritischen or entscheidenden Moment; the vital problemdas Kernproblem
(= lively) personvital; artistic stylelebendig
n the vitalsdie lebenswichtigen Organe; (hum: = genitals) → die edlen Teile (hum)

vital

:
vital parts
plwichtige Teile pl
vital signs
pl (Med) → Lebenszeichen pl
vital statistics
plBevölkerungsstatistik f; (inf, of woman) → Maße pl

vital

[ˈvaɪtl] adj
a. (gen) → vitale; (error) → fatale
of vital importance (to sb/sth) → di vitale importanza (per qn/qc)
it is vital that → è essenziale che
b. (lively) → pieno/a di vitalità

vital

(ˈvaitl) adjective
1. essential; of the greatest importance. Speed is vital to the success of our plan; It is vital that we arrive at the hospital soon.
2. lively and energetic. a vital person/personality.
ˌviˈtality (-ˈtӕ-) noun
liveliness and energy. a girl of tremendous vitality.

vital

حَيَوِيّ nezbytný vital entscheidend ζωτικός vital elintärkeä vital ključan vitale きわめて重大な 필수적인 essentieel vital życiowy vital жизненный livsviktig สำคัญมาก hayati sống còn 生死攸关的

vi·tal

a. vital, rel. a la vida o esencial en el mantenimiento de la misma;
___ capacitycapacidad ___;
___ signssignos ___ -es;
___ statisticsestadística demográfica.

vital

adj vital
References in classic literature ?
It was past eleven o'clock that evening when old Enoch, talking to George Willard in the room in the Heffner Block, came to the vital thing, the story of the woman and of what drove him out of the city to live out his life alone and defeated in Winesburg.
But his inventions were still used, many of them being vital to the business and trade of this country.
There was only--spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness, the vital essence of it everywhere: in the sky, in the swift clouds, in the pale sunshine, and in the warm, high wind--rising suddenly, sinking suddenly, impulsive and playful like a big puppy that pawed you and then lay down to be petted.
Some people are born with a vital and responsive energy.
But, either there was a smouldering fire within him that consumed his vital energy, or the monotony that would have dragged itself with benumbing effect over a mind differently situated was no monotony to Clifford.
Once in a great while, the thoughts that had seemed so vital and so active, yet had been put to rest so quietly, revived again.
But Faith, like a jackal, feeds among the tombs, and even from these dead doubts she gathers her most vital hope.
Here is a vital point; for you must either satisfactorily settle this matter with yourself, or for ever remain an infidel as to one of the most appalling, but not the less true events, perhaps anywhere to be found in all recorded history.
After the triumph of the international proletariat, war would of course be inconceivable; and who can figure the cost of war to humanity--not merely the value of the lives and the material that it destroys, not merely the cost of keeping millions of men in idleness, of arming and equipping them for battle and parade, but the drain upon the vital energies of society by the war attitude and the war terror, the brutality and ignorance, the drunkenness, prostitution, and crime it entails, the industrial impotence and the moral deadness?
If he had only been instructed by certain ministers of Christianity, he might have thought better of it, and seen in it an every-day incident of a lawful trade; a trade which is the vital suport of an institution which an American divine[3] tells us has "no evils but such as are inseparable from any other relations in social and domestic life.
Rochester's movements a matter in which I had any cause to take a vital interest.
They will understand, and you will understand, the vital importance I attach to this interview when I tell you that I have arranged to defer to it all other business claims on me; and that I hold myself in readiness to obey your summons at any hour of the day or night.