revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from revive

revivable \ ri-​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revivable (audio) \ adjective
reviver noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Motorola was aiming to build a fashionable halo phone to revive its brand, and the aesthetic design of the phone was great, providing a modern take on the iconic flip phone. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Motorola is taking a second swing at a modern Moto Razr reboot," 26 May 2020 Yet now Congress is creating a new threat by using the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to revive an Obama rule that puts them on the hook for loans of discontented students. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Reviving an Obama Zombie Rule," 26 May 2020 After taking the reins of Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. last year, Jack Sinclair set out a clear vision for how to revive a grocery chain that had seen growth stall. Edward Ludlow, Houston Chronicle, "What it's like running grocery stores during coronavirus," 24 May 2020 The weather should be nicer for the rest of the weekend, and that might help prompt people back into restaurants to try to revive the struggling restaurant business. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "Restaurant scene around Cleveland Friday night on the quiet side," 23 May 2020 There are now demands for consols to be revived as a means to manage the escalating fiscal costs of the coronavirus. The Economist, "Buttonwood Why you need to read Jane Austen to appreciate perpetual bonds," 23 May 2020 The likelihood of people going out and spending at establishments is closely tied to how well the virus is contained, economists say, meaning that simply easing pandemic restrictions may not be enough to revive commerce. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Easing restrictions not enough: Economists say consumer confidence hinges on virus containment," 21 May 2020 Meanwhile on Telegram, ISIS supporters have managed to revive a large portion of their presence on the messaging app, which has served as ISIS's main platform for releasing official publications. Fox News, "How ISIS is exploiting the coronavirus pandemic," 21 May 2020 On Sunday, The New York Times ran a story on the Democratic Party’s surging interest in big ideas to revive the economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Workers Deserve to Be Owners, Too," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of revive

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for revive

Middle English, from Anglo-French revivre, from Latin revivere to live again, from re- + vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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The first known use of revive was in the 15th century

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“Revive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/revive. Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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revive

verb
How to pronounce revive (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of revive

: 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

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Kids Definition of revive

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.

revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Medical Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life

transitive verb

1 : to restore to consciousness or life
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state

Other Words from revive

revivable \ -​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revivable (audio) \ adjective

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re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Legal Definition of revive

: to restore the force, effect, or validity of (as a contract, will, or action)

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