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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Hopes for a solution to the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has claimed more than 13,000 lives, were revived after political novice Volodymyr Zelenskiy was elected Ukrainian president in April. Washington Post, "Ukraine fears forced concessions at talks with Russia," 14 Sep. 2019 Abandoned when the label headed west, the property was revived as a museum in 1985 by his late sister Esther Gordy Edwards. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Berry Gordy reinvests in Detroit, donates $4 million to Motown Museum expansion," 4 Sep. 2019 He was revived but did not fully regain consciousness. San Diego Union-Tribune, "DA clears cops in five shootings and in-custody death incidents," 30 Aug. 2019 He was revived after 19 minutes of CPR and seven doses of epinephrine. Alison Knezevich, baltimoresun.com, "York police officer’s family sues Baltimore County over his death at SWAT training," 26 Aug. 2019 The project, which was rejected by the Obama administration, was revived under President Trump. Mitch Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Keystone XL pipeline plan approved by Nebraska Supreme Court," 23 Aug. 2019 Americans will have to go elsewhere for a potent cancer therapy, an old Instagram hoax was revived, and the reviews are in on Samsung's latest Galaxy Note. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "A Potent Cancer Therapy, an Instagram Hoax, and More News," 21 Aug. 2019 David Lindquist/IndyStar, David Lindquist/IndyStar A new generation of Indiana musicians will have a shot to win $10,000 and a tour van in a Battle of the Bands competition being revived this fall. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Battle of the Bands competition revived at the Hi-Fi and the Vogue," 14 Aug. 2019 But after the summit in Hanoi ended with no progress, the exercises were revived. Author: David Nakamura, Simon Denyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump again appears to take North Korea’s side against his own military, allies," 10 Aug. 2019

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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 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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