vivify

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verb viv·i·fy \ˈvi-və-ˌfī\

Definition of vivify

vivified

vivifying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to endow with life or renewed life :  animate <rains that vivify the barren hills>

  3. 2 :  to impart vitality or vividness to <concentrating this union of quality and meaning in a way which vivifies both — John Dewey>

vivification

play \ˌvi-və-fə-ˈkā-shən\ noun

vivifier

play \ˈvi-və-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of vivify in a sentence

  1. details that vivify the narrative

  2. <this re-creation of a town in the Old West really vivifies the history that visitors learned in school>

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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>.

VIVIFY Defined for English Language Learners

vivify

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verb viv·i·fy \ˈvi-və-ˌfī\

Definition of vivify for English Language Learners

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


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