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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If Beijing continues to allow its currency to weaken against the US dollar, more countries could feel forced to respond, leading to a damaging currency war that could revive inflation and further fray the bonds of global trade. Alexandra Stevenson, BostonGlobe.com, "Bracing for more trade-war turmoil, 3 countries cut interest rates unexpectedly," 7 Aug. 2019 The level of seven yuan to the dollar has no economic significance, but could revive U.S. attention to the exchange rate. CBS News, "Investors fear China may "weaponize" its currency in trade fight with U.S.," 5 Aug. 2019 Lawsuits against institutions have increased in recent years as states extend and revive their civil statute of limitations, a push that began with disclosures surrounding abuse by Catholic priests. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Hundreds of new sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America suggest leaders exploited their prominent positions," 5 Aug. 2019 Either way, the fact that the writers are reviving a character referenced in the first is very interesting. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "'Top Gun: Maverick': Here's Everything We Know So Far About the Sequel," 1 Aug. 2019 Mr Zelensky promised oodles: to end the war with Russia in the east, revive the economy and uproot Ukraine’s rampant corruption. The Economist, "Volodymyr Zelensky clears the old elite out of parliament," 25 July 2019 Thanks to Jacquemus reviving the mini bag trend in his Fall 2017 Ready-to-Wear collection, many brands followed his lead by creating the teeny-tiny essential. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop These Trendy Mini Bags You Need In Your Life," 23 July 2019 This will be the first installment since Amazon revived the former Syfy series. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "See the first trailer for The Expanse season 4," 20 July 2019 Many Jewish leaders denounced her remarks as reviving old stereotypes about Jews, money and power. Amanda Seitz, Twin Cities, "AP fact check: Trump distorts Ilhan Omar’s words on terrorism," 18 July 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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