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

Other Words from revive

revivable \ ri-​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revive (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Talks in Vienna to revive the accord have apparently stalled over an Iranian demand that Washington lift a terrorist designation on the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. Nasser Karimi, ajc, 11 May 2022 The visit comes as talks to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers face a stalemate. Hadas Gold, CNN, 4 May 2022 Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics were unable to revive him. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2022 Raisi's comments came as talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled. Fox News, 9 Apr. 2022 Emergency medical services were called but unable to revive the person. Dennis Rudner, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Feb. 2022 In a news release Wednesday, the Baltimore Police Department said Nivea Anderson died after officers and medical personnel were unable to revive her. Phil Davis, baltimoresun.com, 17 Nov. 2021 The man’s hiking partner immediately called for help, and two EMTs who were hiking the trail began administering CPR, but were unable to revive the man. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Oct. 2021 For the past 30 years, its volunteers have worked to revive Jewish life in former Soviet countries, including Ukraine. New York Times, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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14 May 2022

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“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for revive

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 revive (audio) \ adjective

revive

transitive verb
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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