revivify

verb
re·​viv·​i·​fy | \ rē-ˈvi-və-ˌfī How to pronounce revivify (audio) \
revivified; revivifying; revivifies

Definition of revivify

transitive verb

: to give new life to : revive

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Other Words from revivify

revivification \ rē-​ˌvi-​və-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce revivification (audio) \ noun

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Worn-out soil may be revivified by careful organic tending. A terrific new recruit can revivify a discouraged football team, and an imaginative and energetic new principal can revivify a failing high school. After World War II, one European country after another was slowly revivified, their economies and cultural life gradually coming back to life. Notice that revivify looks like some other words with very similar meanings, such as revive, revitalize, and reinvigorate.

Examples of revivify in a Sentence

looking for ways to revivify the city's economy a new director hoping to revivify the region's oldest repertory company
Recent Examples on the Web Emergencies remind us that people admire selflessness and enjoy demands on their generosity, and that the community as a whole is revivified by such demands. Marilynne Robinson, The New York Review of Books, "What Kind of Country Do We Want?," 27 May 2020 Few films express as well as this one how an immigrant’s sadness at leaving one’s homeland is countered by the prospect of a revivifying renewal. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: From ‘Brooklyn’ to ‘Little Women,’ settle in with Saoirse Ronan," 6 May 2020 Left for dead by some original participants, Facebook’s Libra digital currency project is revivifying. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Can Verizon build a Zoom killer after acquiring its own video conferencing app?," 17 Apr. 2020 But the robustness of the entries as a whole was revivifying. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "How Does a New Yawker Tawk?," 11 Apr. 2020 Chanin was able to revivify her hometown and create new jobs. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, "Waste Not, Shop Not," 11 Feb. 2020 Over the years, various schemes for revivifying it have been floated, from a church to storage space. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "How some Birmingham area malls are planning for the future," 25 Sep. 2019 The celebrated British photojournalist’s 1950s images and memorabilia revivify Laika, the first dog to embark on the journey into the cosmos, and her successors, who paved the way for human astronauts during the U.S.-Soviet space race. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy Visual Books, From Maurice Sendak’s Stage Sets to Dogs in Space," 19 July 2019 Louis barely remembers Alexandre, but, nearing retirement, divorced and in a slump, he is revivified by the attention, and spurred to reconsider his past life. Judith Thurman, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 3 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of revivify

1675, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for revivify

French révivifier, from Late Latin revivificare, from Latin re- + Late Latin vivificare to vivify

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“Revivify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revivify. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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revivify

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English Language Learners Definition of revivify

formal : to make (someone or something) strong, healthy, or active again

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