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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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 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," 27 Aug. 2018 Sure, reliving arguably the most riveting match in tennis history, which saw Nadal end Federer’s quest to win six straight Wimbledon titles in a four hour, 48 minute epic that included two rain delays and ended in near darkness, is delightful. Sean Gregory, Time, "This Year's Wimbledon Could Give Tennis Fans Another Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal Classic," 29 June 2018 To look at him was to relive her attack, over and over again. Washington Post, "Silent pain: Rohingya rape survivors’ babies quietly emerge," 5 July 2018 Now, however, fans will be able to relive the experience on the big screen. Nick Vadala,, "Grateful Dead's legendary 1989 JFK Stadium performance is coming to the big screen," 7 June 2018 Few sports franchises embrace their history as firmly as the Yankees, and few former ballplayers relish reliving it more than Gossage. New York Times, "An Exiled Old-Timer, Goose Gossage Still Won’t Back Down," 15 June 2018 And the return of America’s pastime means a chance to relive one of the most legendary episodes in the history of The Simpsons. Tim Bielik,, "NCAA president Mark Emmert claims paying football, men's basketball players will eliminate other sports: Buckeye Breakfast," 2 Apr. 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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