To vitalize is to enliven or excite. There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to vitalize a tired child.

You can use the verb vitalize to describe what happens when you become energized or perked up: “My tai chi class isn’t great exercise, but it does vitalize me.” A much more common, and related, word is revitalize. For some reason, vitalize is rarely used, although it’s much older, first used in the 1670’s, while revitalize didn’t come into use until 1858 — almost two hundred years later.

Definitions of vitalize
  1. verb

    make more lively or vigorous

    “The treatment at the spa
    vitalized the old man”
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    devitalise, devitalize

    sap of life or energy
    type of:

    beef up, fortify, strengthen

    make strong or stronger

  2. verb

    give life to

    “The eggs are
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    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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