Definition of revive
: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again
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
revivableplay \-ˈvī-və-bəl\ adjective
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.
Origin and Etymology of revive
Middle English, from Anglo-French revivre, from Latin revivere to live again, from re- + vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 15th century
REVIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of revive for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of revive for Students
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.
Word Root of revive
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Legal Definition of revive
: to restore the force, effect, or validity of (as a contract, will, or action)
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up revive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).