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 The removal of the terror designation opens the door for Sudan to get international loans and aid needed to revive its battered economy and rescue the country's transition to democracy. Arkansas Online, "Trump: Sudan to join UAE, Bahrain in recognizing Israel," 23 Oct. 2020 To what extent Microsoft can revive its search ambitions is uncertain. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, "Google’s Antitrust Woes Seen Helping Microsoft’s Bing," 22 Oct. 2020 Moore said earlier this month that Trump wants to lower the third-lowest income tax bracket to 15% from 22%, create a tax-free savings account for the middle class, and revive his payroll tax cut idea. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Look for Trump to surprise during the debate with new middle-class tax cut details, advisers say," 22 Oct. 2020 The Big Ten initially postponed playing on Aug. 11, only to revive and rework its plan for fall football on Sept. 16. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's eerie opener: No fans, no band, no cheerleaders, no Sparty," 21 Oct. 2020 Those instincts pull in contradictory directions: to restore the American supremacy of the 1950s, to revive the winner-takes-all style of the 1980s, and to reject the imperial restraints now holding the country back. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Great Reveal," 20 Oct. 2020 Now Oberer, like many longtime Hummer enthusiasts, is intrigued to see GM revive the Hummer brand with an electric model that will be revealed Tuesday. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Hummer fans hope new electric model redeems the divisive brand they love," 19 Oct. 2020 But that also would leave her carrying all the burden to revive New Zealand’s battered economy, hit by some of the world’s toughest pandemic lockdown rules and travel bans that gutted the critical tourism industry. Washington Post, "Jacinda Ardern rolls to reelection in New Zealand amid global praise for pandemic battle," 17 Oct. 2020 Mr Trump attributes all this to his three-pronged strategy of tax cuts, deregulation and confrontational trade policy, and says more of the same will revive the economy after the pandemic. The Economist, "Grading Trumponomics How to judge President Trump’s economic record," 17 Oct. 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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28 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for revive

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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