vivify

verb viv·i·fy \ ˈvi-və-ˌfī \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of vivify

vivified; vivifying
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

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

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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

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

verb

Definition of vivify for English Language Learners

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



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