Definition of vital in English:

vital

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪt(ə)l
 
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adjective

1Absolutely necessary; essential: secrecy is of vital importance it is vital that the system is regularly maintained
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  • ‘The role of the priest is absolutely vital to the Church and the welfare of priests would be one of my primary concerns,’ he said.
  • Therefore the hygienic handling and production of feed is absolutely vital to ensure safe food.
  • They say a new school is absolutely vital to the town and that if it is not delivered that well over 100 pupils may be turned away from primary schools in as little as three years time.
Synonyms
essential, indispensable, crucial, key, necessary, needed, required, requisite, important, all-important, of the utmost importance, of great consequence, of the essence, critical, life-and-death, imperative, mandatory, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, acute, paramount, pre-eminent, high-priority, significant, consequential
1.1Indispensable to the continuance of life: the vital organs
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  • This procedure uses artificial extracorporeal circulation to provide oxygenated blood to vital organs while the heart is stopped.
  • Thus they became, in effect, extensions of the host itself - as indispensable as a vital organ.
  • Blood pressure and blood flow to vital organs drop suddenly.
Synonyms
2Full of energy; lively: a beautiful, vital girl
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  • This is said to balance the flow of vital energy (Qi, pronounced ‘chee’) in the body and regulate the function of the inner organs.
  • In this two-day course you will learn to harness and channel this vital energy to help yourself, family, friends, community and world situations.
  • He said there was an ancient ritual where a beautiful young girl would be asked to go down a mine that was running low in ore so she could ‘transmit her vital energy to Mother Earth’.
Synonyms
lively, energetic, active, sprightly, spry, animated, spirited, high-spirited, vivacious, exuberant, bouncy, enthusiastic, vibrant, zestful, sparkling, dynamic, vigorous, full of vim and vigour, forceful, fiery, lusty, hale and hearty, in fine fettleNorth Americanchipper
3 archaic Fatal: the wound is vital

noun

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The body’s important internal organs: he felt the familiar knot contract in his vitals
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  • This is the energy that keeps your heart beating and your lungs breathing, the vitals.
  • The white plates are composed of a very tough but light titanium alloy that provides a good deal of extra protection to the body's vitals.
  • The patient's vitals remained stable and blood loss was monitored closely during the procedure.

Origin

late Middle English (describing the animating principle of living beings, also in sense 2 of the adjective): via Old French from Latin vitalis, from vita 'life'. The sense 'essential' dates from the early 17th century.

Derivatives

vitally

adverb
[as submodifier]: eating sensibly is vitally important for health
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  • Such freedoms, and space for democratic organisation, are vitally important.
  • That tactic has harmed the honest debate of an issue vitally important to this country.
  • Remember, too, that while setting goals is vitally important, your goals need to be realistic.

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