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American English: /ˈvaɪdl/
British English: /ˈvʌɪt(ə)l/

Translation of vital in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (essential)
    to be vital to somebody/something
    ser de vital or fundamental importancia para alguien/algo
    it is vital that he be found
    es esencial que lo encontremos
    hay que encontrarlo a toda costa
    it is vital to send the drugs without delay
    es esencial or imperativo que las medicinas se despachen inmediatamente
    is it absolutely vital for you to go today?
    ¿es absolutamente imprescindible que vayas hoy?
    1.2 (crucial, decisive)
    de vital importancia
    at the vital moment
    en el momento crucial or clave
    a matter of vital importance
    un asunto de vital importancia
    Example sentences
    • ‘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.
    1.3 (necessary for life)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
  • 2 (energetic, vigorous)
    lleno de vitalidad or de vida
    her paintings are bold and vital
    sus cuadros son audaces y llenos de vitalidad or de fuerza
    Example sentences
    • 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’.

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