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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Moon hasn't been able to revive them because of U.S.-led economic sanctions on North Korea. Fox News, "Skepticism rising in S. Korea ahead of 3rd summit with North," 15 Sep. 2018 Walk back toward the hotel and over one block and sit outside at Zonars, a legendary café that was revived a few years ago by Chrysanthos Panas, who has restored its Art Deco glory and brought in a modern menu. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Ultimate Insiders' Guide to Athens," 24 Aug. 2018 The death of Ettore Bugatti in 1947 was the end of the company's first era, but the name was revived during the supercar boom of the 1990s. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This Bugatti EB110 video is a great reminder of the 1990s supercar boom," 13 Aug. 2018 Staff and fire department rescuers were not able to revive Nkusu after he was found about 6 p.m. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "Montgomery County inmate committed suicide Wednesday," 5 July 2018 Medics were not able to revive the rider, who died before being taken to a hospital. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Motorcycle rider dies in I-5 crash near Coronado bridge," 15 June 2018 If nine more Republicans sign on, along with all House Democrats, the group will be able to revive an immigration debate that had appeared all but dead. New York Times, "House Republicans, Defying Leaders, Move to Force Immigration Votes," 9 May 2018 As a result, the show closed in 1966 after an eight-month run and has never been successfully revived in its original form. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘On a Clear Day You Can See Forever’ Review: Confusion Clarified," 12 July 2018 Now, suddenly, the investigation was being revived. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Inspector general on Comey: dissecting an error in judgment," 15 June 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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