Definition of vital in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪt(ə)l


  • 3 archaic Fatal: the wound is vital


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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.



[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.


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.

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