revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again

transitive verb

1 : to restore to consciousness or life
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state : bring back
3 : to renew in the mind or memory

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Other Words from revive

revivable \ ri-​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revivable (audio) \ adjective
reviver noun

Examples of revive in a Sentence

The success of the movie has revived her career. The government is trying to revive the economy. Our spirits were revived by his enthusiasm. The store's business is beginning to revive. The family is trying to revive an old custom. He has decided to revive Molière's Tartuffe.
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His parents Donald and Mary Sanders Holland are at the forefront of a nonprofit organization, the Holland Project, that aims to revive the old movie house and transform it into a performing arts space with a single-screen cinema. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Watch ‘Jurassic World’ short film starring Alabama’s Andre Holland," 17 Sep. 2019 The only way to revive these plants is to dig it up, pull the outer roots apart and replant. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Fungus causes leaf drop in crape myrtles," 14 Sep. 2019 Carradine, looking for a breakout season to revive his career, has started eight games over his six-year career with 77 tackles, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 44 games. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins sign Tank Carradine once again, place rookie starter on injured reserve," 12 Sep. 2019 But cheaper products won't be enough to revive Apple's flagging iPhone sales. David Goldman, CNN, "How much will the iPhone 11 cost? Less than you think," 11 Sep. 2019 Fire crews used oxygen to revive a dog, but no people were injured in the blaze. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two apartments badly burned, 10 others damaged in Spring Valley fire," 8 Sep. 2019 Much like the traditional Tuscan panzanella salad, made to revive leftover stale bread, this summer version requires little in the way of measurements. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "How to turn old bread into a fresh and amazing meal," 5 Sep. 2019 Medical staff attempted to revive the patient, but he was later pronounced dead, Samudio said. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Police: Patient at Phoenix hospital died immediately after visit from 'suspicious individual'," 31 Aug. 2019 Hunter started Twin Cities Native Lacrosse to revive the cultural game and to make lacrosse more accessible to Native American youth. Evelyn Lillemoe / St. Paul Academy, Twin Cities, "ThreeSixty Journalism: Native lacrosse mixes competition and ceremony," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of revive

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for revive

Middle English, from Anglo-French revivre, from Latin revivere to live again, from re- + vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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revive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of revive

: to make (someone or something) strong, healthy, or active again
: to become strong, healthy, or active again
: to bring (something) back into use or popularity

revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Kids Definition of revive

1 : to bring back or come back to life, consciousness, freshness, or activity Doctors revived the patient. … it was no good … with no hope of any breakfast to revive him.— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : to bring back into use or popularity The family revived an old custom.

revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Medical Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life

transitive verb

1 : to restore to consciousness or life
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state

Other Words from revive

revivable \ -​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revivable (audio) \ adjective

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re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Legal Definition of revive

: to restore the force, effect, or validity of (as a contract, will, or action)

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