: to bring back or come back to life, consciousness, freshness, or activity <Doctors revived the patient.><… it was no good … with no hope of any breakfast to revive him. — J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit>
: to bring back into use or popularity <The family revived an old custom.>
Word Root of REVIVE
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Medical Definition of REVIVE
: to return to consciousness or life
: to restore to consciousness or life
: to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state