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vivify

verb viv·i·fy \ˈvi-və-ˌfī\

: to make (someone or something) more lively or vivid

viv·i·fiedviv·i·fy·ing

Full Definition of VIVIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to endow with life or renewed life :  animate <rains that vivify the barren hills>
2
:  to impart vitality or vividness to <concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both — John Dewey>
viv·i·fi·ca·tion \ˌvi-və-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun
viv·i·fi·er \ˈvi-və-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of VIVIFY

  1. details that vivify the narrative
  2. <this re-creation of a town in the Old West really vivifies the history that visitors learned in school>

Origin of VIVIFY

Middle English vivifien to nourish, from Anglo-French vivifier to give life to, from Late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivificus enlivening, from vivus alive — more at quick
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of VIVIFY

quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively. quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert <the arrival of spring quickens the earth>. animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial <happiness animated his conversation>. enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity <enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes>. vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality <new blood needed to vivify the dying club>.

Rhymes with VIVIFY

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