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 Officers found an 11-month-old girl severely beaten and tried to revive her. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Commendations, three crashes and two citizen complaints: Inside the file of the Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake," 13 Nov. 2020 Although officers tried to revive her, Cheatham was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "A Fort Hood soldier has been arrested in the killing of Chelsea Cheatham," 5 Nov. 2020 Officers tried to revive her, but she was pronounced dead, police said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "Fort Hood soldier arrested in the 2019 murder of Chelsea Cheatham," 5 Nov. 2020 Brentwood police and medics performed emergency life-saving procedures on the toddler for over 30 minutes and were unable to revive him, prosecutors said. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Brentwood mother charged with murder after 2-year-old son consumes fentanyl," 5 Nov. 2020 And then, possessing a strengthened roster mixed with veterans and prospects, the Tigers will have a chance to revive themselves with Hinch as the face of the on-field product. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "AJ Hinch is Detroit Tigers' Scotty Bowman, Ilitch says: Hired to win it all," 31 Oct. 2020 Emergency crews took the woman from the plane on a gurney and tried to revive her on the boarding bridge but abandoned their efforts after several minutes. Ian Duncan Washington Post, Star Tribune, "A woman died of coronavirus on a plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified.," 31 Oct. 2020 Emergency crews took the woman from the plane on a gurney and tried to revive her on the boarding bridge, but abandoned their efforts after several minutes. Washington Post, "A woman died of coronavirus on a plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified.," 30 Oct. 2020 Paramedics and police performed CPR and rendered first aid, but were unable to revive him. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man, 32, arrested in connection with San Ysidro homicide after pursuit, crash," 26 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 24 Nov. 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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