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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At Indian Springs, the corpse of an old neighborhood golf course has been revived as a new park. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Going out of business, golf courses become prime redevelopment targets," 5 July 2018 Not compete in tournaments and or try to revive a martial arts career that is fading into the rear-view mirror. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Arizona Marine veteran Gabby Graves-Wake finds victory in adaptive sports after accident," 4 July 2018 Summer rains have revived lawns; apply a slow-release fertilizer where permitted. 9. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018 Nevertheless, the 25-year-old's talent was evident to everyone who watched his outstanding display against Iceland, which revived Nigeria's hopes of reaching the knockout stages. SI.com, "Fulham and Huddersfield Town Reportedly Enter Race to Sign Leicester City Star," 29 June 2018 Bureaus conducting basic science and nuclear energy research could similarly be diminished in the White House’s 2020 request, even though reviving the nation's nuclear power plants is a goal of the Trump administration. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: White House seeking more clean energy cuts despite congressional opposition," 27 June 2018 The older Williams revived her career last season by reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Howard Fendrich, The Seattle Times, "Venus Williams: 2 1st-round Slam exits in row for 1st time," 27 May 2018 Like Living Proof’s De-Frizzer, Ouai’s foam can function as a mid-week conditioner that revives curls, saving you from washing your hair all over again. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Ouai’s Newest Product Is a Blessing for Curly Hair," 20 Apr. 2018 Certainly that what’s she’s done with The Rider, one of a slew of recent movies that revive, repurpose, or reference the enduring appeal of the movie western. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "The western rides back from the sunset in 'The Rider,' one of the best films of the year," 19 Apr. 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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