re·​live | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈliv How to pronounce relive (audio) \
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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Those four, who combined to score 29 of Speedway’s 41 points in that sectional championship game 70 years ago, were back in the Speedway gym this week to relive those old days. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Speedway honors 4 living players of 1948 sectional championship, and their long friendship," 15 Feb. 2018 Each week, the audience looks back at amazing musical numbers, comedians and fake and real celebrities reliving a seminal moment in black pop culture. Darcel Rockett,, "‘Sherman’s Showcase’ is a nostalgic, pop culture dream come true with celebrities and timeless social commentary," 9 Aug. 2019 Pesta is a gentle, empathetic narrator, taking care to show readers the emotional toll of reliving trauma. Jessica M. Goldstein, Washington Post, "A writer tries to make sense of Larry Nassar’s decades of abuse," 7 Aug. 2019 Although there are officially no foreign troops on Congolese soil, Ituri is in danger of reliving its past. The Economist, "Killings in Congo’s north-east spark fears of a return to war," 13 July 2019 The channel posted the clip of her and famous arm so that everyone could relive the moment. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Push All Unwanted People Out of Your Life With This Unflappable Hero Reporter's Smooth On-Air Move," 5 July 2019 The torment in the eyes of each survivor, reliving his own journey, is difficult to watch., "Wordless terror and the world’s refugees: Steve Duin," 2 Aug. 2019 But Manny often relived the shooting in his mind — the first shooting, the one that almost left him dead. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "A beat cop, a fateful shooting and the moments that shaped Phoenix's history," 17 July 2019 Coleman says that caused him to relive the trauma of the experience and he's developed recurring nightmares and panic attacks due to the incident. David Aaro, Fox News, "Former clubhouse attendant sues Detroit Tigers, ex-pitching coach alleging racial discrimination," 28 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce relive (audio) \
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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to spread over or through

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