Definition of revive
: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again
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
revivableplay \-ˈvī-və-bəl\ adjective
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.
Recent Examples of revive from the Web
The Guardian suggested that this meant May would probably try to revive a conservative counter-terrorism bill that was shelved earlier this year.
Now Joynt is raising money for another historical marker at 906 Augusta St., in front of the home built in 1859 by Joe Cain, who is credited with reviving Mobile's Mardi Gras celebration after the Civil War.
Hours later the man also was revived and taken to the hospital after he was found unconscious while waiting with the children at police headquarters.
Trump ran a populist campaign, promising to raise workers' wages and revive American manufacturing, but never shied away from showing off and talking about his personal wealth.
This won’t help with understanding the appeal of fluid dynamics or the night sky, but Dr. Prum is attempting to revive and expand on a view that Charles Darwin held, one that sounds revolutionary even now.
Foreign-direct investment has revived after sliding following the coup, especially in digital and high-technology sectors, Ajarin said.
A recent U.S. drone strike, on April 30, had revived the issue.
Like Phillips, he was revived after several doses of Narcan.
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Origin and Etymology of revive
Middle English, from Anglo-French revivre, from Latin revivere to live again, from re- + vivere to live — more at quick
First Known Use: 15th century
REVIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of revive for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of revive for Students
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.
Word Root of revive
The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. Someone vivacious is full of life and is lively and energetic. Something, such as a story, that is vivid appears to be full of life and freshness.
Legal Definition of revive
: to restore the force, effect, or validity of (as a contract, will, or action)
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