vital


vital
vi|tal
W2 [ˈvaıtl] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin vitalis 'of life', from vita 'life']
1.) extremely important and necessary for something to succeed or exist
= ↑crucial
The work she does is absolutely vital .
vital to
These measures are vital to national security.
vital for
Regular exercise is vital for your health.
it is vital (that)
It is vital that you keep accurate records.
it is vital to do sth
It is vital to keep accurate records.
It is vital to be honest with your children.
The tourist industry is of vital importance to the national economy.
Richardson played a vital role in the team's success.
The samples could give scientists vital information about long-term changes in the earth's atmosphere.
2.) full of energy in a way that is exciting and attractive
Rodgers and Hart's music sounds as fresh and vital as the day it was written.
3.) [only before noun]
necessary in order to keep you alive
the body's vital processes
vital organs (=heart, lungs etc)
4.) vital signs
medical the signs that show someone is alive, for example breathing and body temperature
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COLLOCATES for sense 1
absolutely vital
it is vital that
it is vital to do something
of vital importance (=very important)
play a vital role/part (in something)
vital part/piece/element/component/ingredient
vital information/evidence/clue
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  • vital — vital …   Dictionnaire des rimes

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  • vital — vital, ale, aux [ vital, o ] adj. • 1380; lat. vitalis, de vita « vie » 1 ♦ Qui concerne, constitue la vie. Cycle vital. Propriétés, fonctions vitales. Les besoins vitaux de l individu. ♢ Philos. Principe vital, force vitale : réalité énergétique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Vital — Vi tal, a. [F., fr. L. vitalis, fr. vita life; akin to vivere to live. See {Vivid}.] 1. Belonging or relating to life, either animal or vegetable; as, vital energies; vital functions; vital actions. [1913 Webster] 2. Contributing to life;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vital — may refer to:* vitalism, the doctrine that life cannot be explained solely by mechanism * vitalism (Jainism), the Jain teacher Mahāvīra s philosophy * Vital, the English name of a number of Roman Catholic saints named Vitalis in Latin * Vitals ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Vital — (lebenskräftig, lebenswichtig, munter) steht für Männlicher Vorname. Bekannte Namensträger: Joseph Vital Kopp, Schweizer Theologe und Schriftsteller (1906–1966) Vital Borkelmans, Fußballspieler (* 1963) Vital Julian Frey, Schweizer Cembalist (*… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • vital — VITÁL, Ă, vitali, e, adj. 1. Care este caracteristic sau esenţial pentru viaţă, în care rezidă viaţa; de viaţă, al vieţii. 2. Foarte important, fundamental, esenţial, de bază; indispensabil. – Din fr. vital, lat. vitalis. Trimis de ana zecheru,… …   Dicționar Român

  • vital — [vīt′ l] adj. [ME < MFr < L vitalis, vital < vita, life, akin to vivere, to live: see BIO ] 1. of, concerned with, or manifesting life [vital energy] 2. a) necessary or essential to life; being a source or support of life [vital organs]… …   English World dictionary

  • vital — vital, ale (vi tal, ta l ) adj. 1°   Qui appartient à la vie, qui sert à la conservation de la vie. •   Les physiologistes ont prouvé que les mouvements vitaux sont le produit des impressions reçues par les parties sensibles, CABANIS Instit. Mém …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • vital — Adj kräftig, lebendig erw. fremd. Erkennbar fremd (19. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus frz. vital, dieses aus l. vītālis Lebenskraft habend , zu l. vīta Leben , zu l. vīvere leben . Abstraktum: Vitalität.    Ebenso nndl. vital, ne. vital, nfrz.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • VITAL — VITAL, Italian family which produced numerous scholars of whom the most noted were: JOSEPH VITAL (15th–16th century), a talented scribe, was especially noted for his precision in writing tefillin, which were widely known as Tefillin Rav Calabrash …   Encyclopedia of Judaism