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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Men in Vogue This year saw not only a groundswell of interest in menswear as old houses were revived by new creative heads, but also a further crumbling of the gender divide. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "1968 vs. 2018: 50 Years Later Fashion Is Still Playing With the Bohemian Rhapsody of the Late, Tumultuous ’60s," 14 Dec. 2018 By the time the bus arrived at the station about an hour later Jakelin had stopped breathing and was twice revived, the official said. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "U.S. Investigating Death of Guatemalan Girl," 14 Dec. 2018 The former Disney princess reportedly had to be revived with the opioid treatment drug Narcan before being rushed in an ambulance to a Los Angeles area hospital. Fox News, "Demi Lovato 'awake' and 'stable' after apparent overdose in Hollywood mansion," 2 Oct. 2018 Securant Bank & Trust struggled in the Great Recession, but was revived by CEO David A. Davis and his team. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Securant Bank & Trust to be acquired by First Citizens Bank," 27 June 2018 The report also offered recommendations if the Explorer program is revived. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Report: Louisville police erred in Explorer sex abuse scandal case," 27 June 2018 The man stopped breathing and his pulse stopped, only to be revived later at the hospital. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Minneapolis Cops Secretly Used 'Date Rape Drug' on Suspects for Years: Report," 18 June 2018 In one, its university becomes a modern-day House of Wisdom, and the Hashemites are revived as benevolent enlightened leaders. Darran Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Cities That Never Existed," 17 June 2018 Initiatives such as an expanding bus rapid transit network, a new Cultural Trail, and a 2020 plan for the city’s bicentennial focused on reviving key neighborhoods, suggest a city focused on equity and quality-of-life issues. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 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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