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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web In northeastern Washington state, demand for COVID-19 vaccines has dropped so dramatically that Matt Schanz, administrator of the Northeast Tri County Health District, worries that only a new outbreak will revive interest. Thuc Nhi Nguyen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: We’re going to Disneyland!," 29 Apr. 2021 Bright and dynamic, Correia charmed voters by portraying himself as a successful entrepreneur who could revive the struggling old mill city. Author: Alanna Durkin Richer, Anchorage Daily News, "Wunderkind ex-mayor to face jurors in fraud, bribery case," 19 Apr. 2021 Bright and dynamic, Correia charmed voters by portraying himself as a successful entrepreneur who could revive the struggling old mill city. BostonGlobe.com, "Jasiel Correia, ex-mayor of Fall River, to face jurors in fraud, bribery case," 18 Apr. 2021 Travel between regions remains generally banned in Italy and rules for international tourist arrivals still haven't been established, amid expectations that tourism will revive for the summer season. Colleen Barry, Star Tribune, "Venice architecture Biennale opens a year later on May 22," 12 Apr. 2021 In addition, for several months, European Union officials have been working on a concept for a vaccination pass which would be accepted by all member states, and would revive free movement of people within the E.U. Joshua Cohen, Forbes, "Importance Of Formulating A U.S. Policy On Covid-19 Vaccine Passports To Facilitate Future International Travel," 12 Apr. 2021 Tourism officials hope the bubble arrangement will revive tourist businesses that have been hit by the border closures. Washington Post, "Covid-19 live updates U.S. appoints new global coronavirus coordinator as Biden steps up efforts to combat pandemic," 6 Apr. 2021 The law phased out 10 years later, but Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., have introduced a new bill that would revive the ban. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Gun control legislation or executive orders? Here's what President Biden is considering," 25 Mar. 2021 The House approved legislation on Wednesday that would revive the Equal Rights Amendment by repealing the 1982 deadline imposed on states to ratify it. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House passes bill reviving the Equal Rights Amendment," 17 Mar. 2021

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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 13 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for revive

revive

verb

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 revive (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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