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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California water officials announced an ambitious plan Friday to revive some of the state’s biggest rivers, a move that seeks to stave off major devastation to wetlands and fish, but on the back of cities and farms. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "SF would face new limits under state water proposal," 6 July 2018 Police officers and Sacramento Fire Department personnel unsuccessfully attempted to revive Kirkwood by administering CPR before pronouncing him dead at the scene. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "25-year-old man fatally shot in Del Paso Heights while visiting from North Carolina," 4 July 2018 During the mid- to late-1800s Renaixença (Rebirth or Renaissance), Catalans pushed to revive their language. Elaine Heinzman, Smithsonian, "How Soup Nourishes Barcelona’s Tradition of Welcoming Immigrants," 30 June 2018 Authorities have rolled out, or are mulling, new measures after steps in March failed to revive demand for sovereign bonds. Subhadip Sircar, Bloomberg.com, "India Seeks to Jump Start Debt Demand Again as Borrowings Loom," 18 June 2018 The original Palm Beach hotel, built in 1976, was where Lefèvre himself learned how to swim, and management is trying to revive the local party atmosphere at the location. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "At the Nhow Marseille Hotel in France, Italian Furniture and Local Grit Lead the Design," 22 Oct. 2018 What is the free world that Stephens wants to revive and that Merkel and Macron have been nominated to lead? Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 Our favorite thing about #vanlife is definitely the closeness to nature, to revive this natural connection to mother earth and to feel ourselves every day. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "Travel Influencers Share Their Favorite Things About #VanLife," 29 Mar. 2019 Recruitment of new Haitian army begins Advertisement Haiti's Defense Minister Hervè Denis discuss plans to revive his nation's army as recruitment started Monday, July 17, 2017. Jacqueline Charles, miamiherald, "Henri Namphy, one-time coup leader and Haiti president, dies in Dominican Republic," 27 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 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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