reanimate

verb
re·​an·​i·​mate | \(ˌ)rē-ˈa-nə-ˌmāt \
reanimated; reanimating; reanimates

Definition of reanimate 

: to animate or become animated again: such as

a : to bring (someone or something) back to life or to come back to life As the defrosting jellyfish seemed to reanimate under the faucet's running water, the restaurant's chef asked if he should salt the boiling water.— Jason Horowitz … Nathan would sit in the kitchen … watching Eleanor smoke cigarettes and squeeze lemons into her diet Coke, of which she drank sixty ounces a day—enough, as Major Ray often declared, to reanimate a dead body.— Michael Chabon

b : to regain vitality or to restore vigor and zest to (someone or something) When she reanimates, the words just spill from her, small speedy bubbles sliding under and around each other …— Andrew Corsello … serves to reanimate the old debates about the relationship between form and content …— Jed Perl

Other Words from reanimate

reanimation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌa-​nə-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun plural reanimations
… discusses the post-Soviet decline, fall, and reanimation of the notorious Soviet secret police agency. — Roland Green This isn't just a captivating retelling; it's a creative reanimation of these indelible characters who are still breathing down our necks across the millennia. — Ron Charles

First Known Use of reanimate

1611, in the meaning defined above

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reanimate

transitive verb
re·​an·​i·​mate | \(ˈ)rē-ˈan-ə-ˌmāt \
reanimated; reanimating

Medical Definition of reanimate 

: to restore to life : revive

Other Words from reanimate

reanimation \ -​ˌan-​ə-​ˈmā-​shən \ noun

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