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

Definition of vivify

transitive verb

1 : to endow with life or renewed life : animate rains that vivify the barren hills
2 : to impart vitality or vividness to concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both— John Dewey

Other Words from vivify

vivification \ ˌvi-​və-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce vivify (audio) \ noun
vivifier \ ˈvi-​və-​ˌfī(-​ə)r How to pronounce vivify (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web So many ideas, so little capital in a relative sense to vivify those ideas. John Tamny, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Their bodies are emphatically their own, no rightful concern of his, and their joy is vivifying. New York Times, 16 Feb. 2020 This novel is a beautiful unfolding of characters and relationships that vivify nontraditional family, friendship, love, identity, boundaries, distance, responsibility and forgiveness. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, 28 Nov. 2019 Every year around this time, a delectable wave of Brazilian music sweeps across the Bay Area, bringing a lush, vivifying surge of beauty to the fading days of summer. Andrew Gilbert, The Mercury News, 27 Aug. 2019 To the first point, the Sanders-Red Hen situation has unearthed (or perhaps vivified) a growing sentiment in our society. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, 25 June 2018 And at the Connecticut Historical Society in Hartford, distant memories of the Revolutionary War will be vivified through displays of weapons, uniforms and handwritten letters. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, 15 Sep. 2017 Long a cherished performer, at once down-to-earth and enigmatic, Boulé has been choreographing her own work for the past few years, pieces that struggle to vivify esoteric ideas, sometimes graced by low-key humor. Michelle Boulé, The New Yorker, 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of vivify

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vivify

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

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: to make (someone or something) more lively or vivid


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