verb (used with object), vi·tal·ized, vi·tal·iz·ing.
- to give life to; make vital.
- to give vitality or vigor to; animate.
- (tr) to make vital, living, or alive; endow with life or vigour
1670s, “to give life to,” from vital + -ize. Figurative sense by 1805. Related: Vitalized; vitalizing.