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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Recent Examples on the Web That suit, which was thrown out by a federal judge but revived by an appeals court last year, is scheduled to go to trial in June. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Campaign Sues New York Times Co. Over Russia Op-Ed," 13 May 2020 Associated Press SHANGHAI — Visitors in face masks streamed into Shanghai Disneyland as the theme park reopened Monday in a high-profile step toward reviving tourism that was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. BostonGlobe.com, "Putin lifts Russia’s shutdown, but keeps many restrictions," 12 May 2020 Nick Hytner of the Bridge Theatre in London is reviving Talking Heads, the classic British monologue series, for the BBC, with lone actors talking to the camera in a deserted television studio. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Will Theater Survive the Pandemic?," 12 May 2020 The news agency reports that recent arrests of pro-democracy activists and concerns about Beijing’s influence have revived the movement, despite the ongoing pandemic. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Hong Kong police arrest more than 200 after pro-democracy protests erupt again," 11 May 2020 For Youngstown, the deal was just the latest in a long line of fizzled developments, underscoring how officials have gambled with economic development dollars in hopes of reviving the city. Desperation Town, ProPublica, "Why a Struggling Rust Belt City Pinned Its Revival on a Self-Chilling Beverage Can," 11 May 2020 But with a penchant for always reviving his career, Curry resurfaced with the creation of Harding Racing, an upstart IndyCar team in 2017, where the longtime team director and engineer served as team manager. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Larry Curry, who had rollercoaster IndyCar career as team engineer and manager, dies at 68," 9 May 2020 Henry Ford II, who was also known as Hank the Deuce, led Ford as CEO and president and was credited with reviving the company's fortunes. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Kathleen DuRoss Ford, widow of Henry Ford II, dies," 9 May 2020 The possibility of revived friction over trade at a time when economies have been slammed by the pandemic and resulting travel restrictions has rattled investors in Asia, where China is the main driver for regional growth. Christopher Rugaber And Yuri Kageyama, The Christian Science Monitor, "Stocks rise despite 33 million US jobless claims from pandemic," 7 May 2020

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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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The first known use of revive was in the 15th century

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17 May 2020

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“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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revive

verb
How to pronounce revive (audio)

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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