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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As a result, the show closed in 1966 after an eight-month run and has never been successfully revived in its original form. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ Review: Confusion Clarified," 12 July 2018 Now, suddenly, the investigation was being revived. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 2018 Sense8 hasn't been fully revived, and a story that probably would have taken seasons to unfold now has to be crammed into two hours. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "What Brought Sense8 Back—and What Killed It in the First Place," 8 June 2018 The panel that drafted the plan, the School Modernization and Reinvestment Team Revisited, has been revived as SMARTR2 to plan the second phase and bring a proposal to voters at referendum in April. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester Committee Discusses Which Schools To Close, Which To Fix," 12 June 2018 But under Irvin, the commission as a part of City Hall has been revived, with a new director and new commissioners. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Invest Aurora leader takes job in Berwyn," 4 June 2018 New research has revived one of the longest standing, and biologically fundamental, debates in the life sciences: Is there a set limit to how long humans can live? Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Is There a Limit to How Long Humans Can Live? A New Study Suggests There Isn't," 2 July 2018 Taking good money to spend on reviving an old Detroit building, though, might not exactly appeal to Wall Street. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Will Ford's Detroit train station purchase spark its stock price?," 15 June 2018 His grandson, Randy Schulkers, revived the Seckatary Hawkins Fair and Square Club online in 1998. Jeff Suess, Cincinnati.com, "Our history: Fair and square 'Seckatary Hawkins' turns 100," 6 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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