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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For added umph, revive your roots on days two, three and four with Palmer’s Curl & Scalp Refresher. Essence, "4 Steps To Restoring Your Hair After a Protective Style," 3 Sep. 2019 Their commitments, tactics and goals are rooted in the Hawaiian Renaissance movement of the 1970s, which revived traditional Hawaiian culture, language and ritual, and demanded recognition of sovereignty for Native Hawaiian people. Wade Graham, Smithsonian, "Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai’i’s Islands," 31 Aug. 2019 GameDaily reports on the efforts by game industry veterans James Ottilie and Brian Waddle to purchase and revive the Telltale Games brand. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Like a zombie, the Telltale brand is coming back from the dead," 28 Aug. 2019 On the flip side, Hulu has also picked up and revived beloved, canceled shows like The Mindy Project and Unreal. Glamour, "The Best Shows Streaming on Hulu Right Now," 26 Aug. 2019 Any further details—on the status of Morpheus (played by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy), or how Trinity (Moss’s character, who died in the latest movie) will be revived—remain scarce for now. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Matrix 4 Could Be Just What Hollywood Needs," 21 Aug. 2019 Aalborg, Denmark This former industrial hub in the sunny north is now at the forefront of urban sustainability, reviving its waterfront with architectural hits. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "16 Cities to Visit Before All of Your Friends Catch On," 20 Aug. 2019 One of Us Is Lying, and the third season of A.P. Bio (which NBC is reviving after initially cancelling it) will be exclusive to the streaming service. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "A cord-cutter’s guide to all the big new streaming services," 18 Aug. 2019 Through history and myth, Inland revives and reframes the Camel Corps experiment, eschewing macho cowboy swagger in favor of what those cowboys might have missed. Katherine Cusumano, Outside Online, "The Forgotten History Behind ‘Inland’," 18 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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