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

transitive verb

: to give new life to : revive
revivification 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 Lily is not a ghost but a dead body, temporarily revivified and subject to decay. Maggie Doherty, The New Republic, 16 June 2023 But Jerzy Skolimowski’s formally radical, emotionally wrenching drama about the travails of a donkey is by far this category’s — and perhaps the year’s — most cinematically revivifying achievement. Los Angeles Times, 2 Mar. 2023 What would invigorate and revivify you? Jodie Cook, Forbes, 30 June 2022 For example, his first book, American Agriculture and the Problem of Monopoly (2000), argues for a limited revival of antitrust law—rather than labor organizing or changes in federal farm policy more generally—to revivify Midwestern farming. Phil Christman, The New Republic, 22 Feb. 2023 Trying to revivify the tourism industry, the Egyptian government recently opened seven more tombs to the public. Valerie Ross, Discover Magazine, 27 May 2011 The oatmeal and aloe combination will work to detangle and revivify dull coats, leaving your furbaby looking his best. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 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, 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, 6 May 2020 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1675, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of revivify was in 1675

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“Revivify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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