viv·​i·​fy ˈvi-və-ˌfī How to pronounce vivify (audio)
vivified; vivifying

transitive verb

: to endow with life or renewed life : animate
rains that vivify the barren hills
: to impart vitality or vividness to
concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies bothJohn Dewey
vivification noun
vivifier noun
Choose the Right Synonym for vivify

quicken, animate, enliven, vivify mean to make alive or lively.

quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert.

the arrival of spring quickens the earth

animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial.

happiness animated his conversation

enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity.

enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes

vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality.

new blood needed to vivify the dying club

Examples of vivify in a Sentence

details that vivify the narrative this re-creation of a town in the Old West really vivifies the history that visitors learned in school
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Word History


Middle English vivifien to nourish, from Anglo-French vivifier to give life to, from Late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivificus enlivening, from vivus alive — more at quick entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vivify was in the 14th century

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“Vivify.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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viv·​i·​fy ˈviv-ə-ˌfī How to pronounce vivify (audio)
vivified; vivifying
: to put life into : animate
rains that vivified the parched land
: to make vivid
vivification noun
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