May
14
2013

vital

pronunciation: vaI t@l
part of speech: adjective

definition 1:  pertaining to or characteristic of life.
example:       The nurse checked the patient’s heartbeat and other vital signs.

definition 2:  necessary to maintain life.
example:       The heart and lungs are vital organs.
example:       These foods contain vital nutrients.

definition 3:  full of life, vigor, or energy.
example:       My grandmother is still vital at ninety years of age.

definition 4:  of critical importance; essential.
example:         It is vital that you get her to the emergency room immediately.
example:         This is a vital step in the process and must not be overlooked.

Collocations: Words that frequently appear in combination with vital (definition 4)

vital + NOUN:      ~ interest(s) (e.g., a country’s need to protect its vital interests)*, ~ role, ~ part, ~ information, of ~ importance (e.g., a friendship of vital importance to German foreign policy), ~ component, ~ ingredient, ~ resource  (e.g.,  Salt was a vital resource for the Saharan people, who traded it to their neighbors.), ~ function, ~ link

vital + PREPOSITION:      ~ to (e.g., vital to success), ~ for (e.g., vital for the survival of the species)

ADVERB + vital:   absolutely ~  (e.g.,  Russia’s participation in the talks is absolutely vital.), strategically ~, economically ~

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