re·​live | \(ˌ)rē-ˈliv \
relived; reliving; relives

Definition of relive 

intransitive verb

: to live again

transitive verb

: to live over again especially : to experience again in the imagination

Examples of relive in a Sentence

an athlete trying to relive his glory days He would sometimes relive the battle in his dreams.

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Perhaps the best part is that parents will have a great time too, reliving childhood dreams at the Pinball Museum or sampling delicacies at the iconic Pike Place Market. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best things to do with kids in 13 U.S. cities," 20 Nov. 2018 For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart and Other Celebrities Share Why They Didn't Report Their Sexual Assaults," 24 Sep. 2018 For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. Josephine Yurcaba, Allure, "Lili Reinhart Joins Thousands Using #WhyIDidntReport to Speak Out About Sexual Assault," 24 Sep. 2018 Similarly, research has found that lavender and sesame oil will also relive pain. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "8 Ways to Make Your Cramps Suck Less," 6 Sep. 2018 Each rape is a work of performance art, with costumes and props (including, in one unforgettable case, a dead cat) leaving the victims forever reliving the horrors inflicted on them and helpless to understand. Lisa Miller, The Cut, "The Weaponized Amber Tamblyn," 8 July 2018 Clark spent the last year visiting with friends and former teammates and reliving the memories of the team's glorious past. Tribune News Service,, "Former 49er Dwight Clark, whose catch will live forever, dies of ALS at 61," 4 June 2018 Survivors are telling their truths and reliving the most painful moments of their lives. Amy Synnott, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Praises Daring Women Upon the Final Brett Kavanaugh Vote," 5 Oct. 2018 The gesture, intentional or not, connected the two women who have been through the harrowing experience of having to relive their trauma under such intense scrutiny. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Some People Think Christine Blasey Ford's Suit at Brett Kavanaugh's Confirmation Hearings Is a Tribute to Anita Hill," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of relive

circa 1526, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of relive

: to experience (something) again in your imagination : to remember (something) so clearly that the same emotions you felt in the past are felt again


re·​live | \ˌrē-ˈliv \
relived; reliving

Kids Definition of relive

: to experience again (as in the imagination) Reading her old diary allowed her to relive her youth.

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