WOTW: vital

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - vital

“Vital” is an adjective. It has two meanings but the most common one is the one you really need to know. Let’s find out what they are:


The most common meaning of “vital” is absolutely necessary or essential.


+ Electricity is vital for modern life. We couldn’t live without it.

+ Because it is the building block of muscle, protein is vital to a great body.

+ Her role was vital to the success of the peace negotiations.

+ I don’t need to remind you that secrecy is of vital importance in this matter.

+ Phasing out fossil fuels is absolutely vital to ensuring the future of life on this planet.


In a similar way “vital” means essential for life to continue. It is often used with “organs” – vital organs.


+ It is important that oxygen gets to the vital organs, such as the brain and heart.

+ Deaths from accidents are relatively rare these days unless the injury involves a vital organ.

+ The liver does a lot of important work in your body, including making vital nutrients.

+ I’m not sure it will ever be possibly to accurately model the workings of the human brain and other vital organs in a computer simulation.


The less common meaning of “vital” is full or energy or lively.


+ Meditation can balance the flow of vital energy in the body.

+ She was a beautiful, vital girl full of life.

+ B vitamins can provide you with a vital energy boost.

+ He has a vital energy about him, a warm smile and subtle confidence.


The pronunciation is /ˈvʌɪtl/.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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