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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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 Over the years, various schemes for revivifying it have been floated, from a church to storage space. William Thornton |, 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 Lior Div, Cybereason’s cofounder and CEO, aims to revivify an industry wherein attackers too often evade incumbents. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Meet the Humble CEO Who Wants to Build the Biggest Cybersecurity Company Ever—Data Sheet," 6 Aug. 2019 Its mural festival jolted a dying city center back to life, and its other projects, like the installation of vintage neon signs and a multicolored lighting system, flooded dark corners with revivifying brightness. Globe Staff,, "For public art in the Boston area, competing interests and big questions," 27 July 2019 Just as revivifying is tuna crudo and compressed grilled watermelon in a fire-and-ice salad slicked with Thai chile oil and garnished with airy chicharrones. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "At Cherry, where’s there’s smoke, there’s a fired-up chef," 5 July 2019 What once was old is oh-so-new — and lip-smackingly revivified. Barbara Mahany,, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 The 24 Republican and 24 Democratic members of the group are hoping to revivify the House’s moribund legislative process and bring a spirit of bipartisanship to the chamber. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Do the Democrats Even Want Power?," 20 June 2018

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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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The first known use of revivify was in 1675

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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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