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

Other Words from revivify

revivification \ rē-​ˌvi-​və-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce revivify (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, 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 Left for dead by some original participants, Facebook’s Libra digital currency project is revivifying. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, 17 Apr. 2020 But the robustness of the entries as a whole was revivifying. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, 11 Apr. 2020 Chanin was able to revivify her hometown and create new jobs. Cintra Wilson, The New York Review of Books, 11 Feb. 2020 Over the years, various schemes for revivifying it have been floated, from a church to storage space. William Thornton |, al, 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, 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, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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