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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (essential)
a. esencial
It is vital that we speak to her immediately.Es esencial que hablemos con ella inmediatamente.
b. imprescindible
Saffron is a vital ingredient in this recipe.El azafrán es un ingrediente imprescindible de esta receta.
c. indispensable
Specialized training is vital for this job.Una capacitación especializada es indispensable para este trabajo.
2. (crucial)
a. decisivo
The reinforcements were a vital factor in the outcome of the battle.Los refuerzos fueron un factor decisivo en el resultado de la batalla.
b. fundamental
Volunteers play a vital role in the success of our organization.Los voluntarios juegan un papel fundamental en el éxito de nuestra organización.
c. vital
Our mission is vital. Lives depend on its success.Nuestra misión es vital. Muchas vidas dependen de su éxito.
3. (life-sustaining)
a. vital
The liver performs a vital function in the human body.El hígado cumple una función vital en el cuerpo humano.
4. (vibrant)
a. vital
The composer's music is thrilling and vital.La música de la compositora es emocionante y vital.
b. lleno de vitalidad
She may be 88, but she's as vital as ever.Tendrá 88 años, pero sigue tan llena de vitalidad como siempre.
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (medicine)
a. los signos vitales
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The patient's vitals are dropping! Get a crash cart!¡Los signos vitales del paciente están cayendo! ¡Trae un maletín de recuperación!
6. (anatomy)
a. los órganos vitales
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Vultures were feasting on the dead zebra's vitals.Los buitres se estaban dando un banquete con los órganos vitales de la cebra muerta.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (essential)
a. vital
vital organórgano vital
2. (hum)
a. (of woman)
3. (vigorous)
a. vital, lleno(a) de vida
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vital [ˈvaɪtl]
1 (crucial) [+part, component, element] vital; indispensable
Children's literature is a vital part of their education Iron is a vital component of haemoglobin
[+ingredient] esencial; indispensable; imprescindible; [+factor] decisivo; [+link, role] fundamental
You must have ambition - as well as that vital ingredient, talent His illness could become a vital factor in the peace negotiations Social workers can provide a vital link between hospital and community Our physical attributes play a vital role in the way other people react to us This shows the vital importance of blood donation
[+question] vital
There remained one vital question: Would she accept?
[+information] vital; esencial
After her release she was able to give vital information about her kidnapper to be vital [to] +inf
it is vital to keep accurate records es imprescindible or esencial llevar un registro detallado
It is vital to keep an accurate record of every transaction to be vital [for] sb [to do] sth
is it really vital for her to have a new dress? ¿es realmente imprescindible que se compre un vestido nuevo?
it is vital [for] patients [to be involved] in their treatment It was vital for the British to demonstrate their support for US policy
it is vital that this be kept secret es esencial que se mantenga en secreto
Nick Wileman is a school caretaker, so it is vital that he gets on well with young people such skills are vital [for] survival Communication skills are vital for all interpersonal relationships
to be of vital importance (to sth/sb) ser de suma or vital importancia (para algo/algn); at the vital moment en el momento crítico or clave; these meetings are vital to a successful outcome estas reuniones son esenciales para un resultado positivo
these negotiations are vital [to] the successful outcome of the peace process his participation in the meeting is vital to a successful resolution of the problem
2 (dynamic) [+person, organization] vital; lleno de vitalidad
They are both very vital people we must have a modern and vital parliament They have something important to say and vital and radical ways of saying it
vital spark chispa (f) vital
His phrasing lacked that vital spark of imagination The team could not produce the vital spark in front of goal
3 (Fisiol) [+organ, function] vital
The bullet had passed through the body without damaging any vital organ He looked oddly lifeless, as if some vital force had been drained from him Doctors were consulted to determine why the president's vital functions were slowly shutting down Coffee drains the body of vital nutrients
vitals (n) (Anat) especially (internal organs) órganos (m) vitales
Now children sit and watch people having their vitals sprayed around the room with a chain saw ...the Spartan boy who lets the wolf gnaw his vitals rather than make a sound that would betray him
(male genitals) órganos (m) sexuales; partes (f) (humorous)
vital signs (n) (Med) signos (m) vitales
He shows no vital signs and is pronounced clinically dead He's comfortable, and all his vital signs are normal
vital statistics (n) (Sociol) estadísticas (f) demográficas
The Registrar has the vital statistics of a very large number of countries, in some cases going back to the l8th century
[of woman's body] medidas (f)
It is no longer acceptable that girls are judged on their vital statistics Her vital statistics, 34-24-33, are most women's dream
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