vitalvi‧tal /ˈvaɪtl/ ●●●W2 adjective 🔊 🔊 1IMPORTANTNEEDextremely important and necessary for something to succeed or exist syn crucial 🔊 The work she does is absolutely vital.vital to 🔊 These measures are vital to national security.vital for 🔊 Regular exercise is vital for your health.it is vital (that) 🔊 It is vital that you keep accurate records.it is vital to do something 🔊 It is vital to keep accurate records. 🔊 It is vital to be honest with your children. 🔊 The tourist industry is of vital importance to the national economy. 🔊 Richardson played a vital role in the team’s success. 🔊 The samples could give scientists vital information about long-term changes in the Earth’s atmosphere.► see thesaurus at important, necessary2ATTRACTfull of energy in a way that is exciting and attractive 🔊 Rodgers and Hart’s music sounds as fresh and vital as the day it was written.3[only before noun]HBH necessary in order to keep you alive 🔊 the body’s vital processes 🔊 vital organs (=heart, lungs etc)4 →vital signsCOLLOCATIONSadverbsabsolutely vitalVitamins are absolutely vital for good health.nounsa vital role/partNurses play a vital role in hospitals and surgeries.a vital part/elementLearning to play with other children is a vital part of growing up.a vital ingredient/componentInvolving teachers in making decisions is a vital ingredient in raising morale.vital informationThe radio was a source of vital information on sea and weather conditions.vital evidenceThe vital evidence contained in the file had disappeared.a vital source of somethingThe forest was a vital source of timber.phrasessomething is of vital importanceReading is of vital importance in language learning.