revive

verb
re·vive | \ ri-ˈvīv \
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 \ 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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Now, a new version of the Armenian Shadow Puppet Theater, called Ayrogi, is touring Armenia, staging modern performances reviving the traditions of the past. Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theater," 13 July 2018 David Lynch's '90s cult classic, revived as a limited series on Showtime last year, earned nine nominations, but only in non-acting categories such as cinematography, directing and writing. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Emmy nominations 2018: The most shocking snubs," 12 July 2018 Best stored in the fridge to achieve peak chill, the small pads will soften and revive tired-looking skin. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "11 Cooling Beauty Products That Beat the Heat," 7 July 2018 The plaintiffs said the lawsuit could be revived once a plan is adopted. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Secretary of state seeks comments on voting precinct consolidation," 3 July 2018 If the growing realization that kids are still being detained (just with their parents) revives the big public furor, and/or the courts strike down Trump’s executive order, the pressure for legislation could ramp right back up. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Why the GOP Might Face More Humiliation on Immigration," 2 July 2018 Boise State will play its first game in February 2020, having revived the program last year after it was axed in 1980. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Boise State baseball's first assistant coach is a former Bronco football player," 2 July 2018 There are 10 Saturdays left until Notre Dame revives its rivalry with Michigan in the season opener. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Projecting Notre Dame football's 2018 depth chart," 29 June 2018 At Bloomburg Businessweek, Craig Torres and Catarina Saraiva describe how Greenville, South Carolina has managed to attract highly skilled workers and revive its downtown by building its tech economy. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "How Southern Cities Are Joining the Knowledge Economy," 29 June 2018

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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 \
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 \
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 \ adjective

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re·vive | \ ri-ˈvīv \
revived; reviving

Legal Definition of revive 

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

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