Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day

    shaI st@r

    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day

    neI seI @r

    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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vaI t@l


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 the adjective vital (definition 4)

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