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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web The question of who should pay to help revive the country, still recovering from the pandemic’s devastation of the economy, is percolating across the nation. New York Times, "New York State Is Set to Raise Taxes on Those Earning Over $1 Million," 5 Apr. 2021 Since the pandemic closed much of the resort, Anaheim elected officials and business leaders have lobbied state lawmakers to allow the theme parks to reopen to help revive nearby businesses that rely on resort visitors. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "New plan at Disneyland calls for squeezing in more rides, restaurants and shops," 25 Mar. 2021 Labor activists are hoping that the country’s increasing focus on wealth inequality will help revive a movement that has had few victories at top nonunion employers in recent decades. chicagotribune.com, "‘Taking on a behemoth like Amazon is going to take an army.’ Labor unions, inspired by Alabama drive, are joining the fight nationwide.," 22 Mar. 2021 Central Asia could be the key to help revive U.S. leadership in the world. Kamran Bokhari, WSJ, "The Hole in Biden’s China Strategy: Central Asia," 16 Mar. 2021 The two women also enlisted businessmen and ornithologists to help revive the bird-protection movement named after wildlife artist John James Audubon, which had stalled shortly after its founding a decade earlier. Melissa Groo, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Mrs. Edge Saved the Birds," 16 Mar. 2021 Many countries around Europe are scrambling to develop their own vaccine certification systems to help revive summer travel, generating a risk that different systems won’t work properly across the continent’s borders. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms," 26 Feb. 2021 Many countries around Europe are scrambling to develop their own vaccine certification systems to help revive summer travel, generating a risk that different systems won’t work properly across the continent’s borders. Laurie Kellman, The Christian Science Monitor, "Israel's 'green passport' raises concerns about discrimination," 26 Feb. 2021 Barrett wondered whether Georgia could take some steps without incurring too much expense to help revive Apalachicola oysters. Mark Sherman, Star Tribune, "Second high court hearing for Florida-Georgia water war," 22 Feb. 2021

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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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8 Apr 2021

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“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for revive

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 revive (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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