revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Essential Meaning of revive

1 : to make (someone or something) strong, healthy, or active again The doctors were trying to revive the patient. [=to make the unconscious patient conscious again] Visiting my old house has revived [=brought back] childhood memories. See More ExamplesThe water revived [=refreshed] the flowers. The success of the movie has revived her career. The government is trying to revive the economy. Our spirits were revived by his enthusiasm.Hide
2 : to become strong, healthy, or active again The store's business is beginning to revive.
3 : to bring (something) back into use or popularity The family is trying to revive an old custom.

Full 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 Indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal – which then-president Donald Trump reneged on in May 2018 – have stalled in recent weeks, with Blinken warning on August 8 that time was running out. Dominic Dudley, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 Riyadh's relations with Washington are strained over Biden’s efforts to revive a nuclear deal with Iran, among other issues. Robert Burns, BostonGlobe.com, 5 Sep. 2021 Still, the longer-term key to keeping the peace, however uneasy, is likely to lie in a process where all sides will want to be able to claim a measure of victory: the diplomacy to revive an Iran nuclear deal. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Aug. 2021 Although Tehran denied involvement, the assault escalates a yearslong shadow war targeting commercial shipping in the Mideast and threatens to complicate efforts to revive the nuclear deal. Amir Vahdat, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 Although Tehran denied involvement, the assault escalates a yearslong shadow war targeting commercial shipping in the Mideast and threatens to complicate efforts to revive the nuclear deal. Amir Vahdat, chicagotribune.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Negotiations with the United States and other world powers to revive a nuclear deal are at a standstill. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 So far Washington has been willing to give up its most powerful sanctions leverage to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, but Iranian negotiators are pushing for more. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 25 July 2021 The airstrikes come as the Biden administration considers lifting sanctions on Iran in an effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which was negotiated under the Obama administration and sought to blunt Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 28 June 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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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

revive

transitive verb
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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