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

Other Words from revive

revivable \ ri-​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revive (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Summer’s heat calls for crisp, light, refreshing wines to revive us and prepare our palates for the meal to come. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 21 July 2022 Deputies arrived to the scene at 2:30 p.m. and bystanders and paramedics were unable to revive him, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 14 July 2022 Fatal overdoses occur largely among those who are using substances alone, with no one there to revive them with Narcan. New York Times, 13 July 2022 Mead, who said he's been trained in CPR for 25 years, tried to revive her but couldn't. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 9 July 2022 He was pronounced dead in an ambulance, where the medical team attempted to revive him for 20 minutes, per WECT-TV. Shafiq Najib, PEOPLE.com, 7 July 2022 Not the actual death scene, but when Eleven is pulling from all of Max's memories and trying to revive her. Nick Romano, EW.com, 4 July 2022 Rodriguez suffered a medical emergency at the unit’s hotel, and emergency personnel could not revive him, the Guard said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 18 July 2022 Authorities warned there was still danger that an unfavorable shift in weather could revive the blaze that caused the evacuation of 18 villages. Joseph Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, 19 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for revive

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 revive (audio) \ adjective

revive

transitive verb
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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