vivify

verb
viv·​i·​fy | \ˈvi-və-ˌfī \
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

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Other Words from vivify

vivification \ˌvi-​və-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun
vivifier \ˈvi-​və-​ˌfī(-​ə)r \ 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

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To the first point, the Sanders-Red Hen situation has unearthed (or perhaps vivified) a growing sentiment in our society. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "Maxine Waters shows why the Sarah Huckabee Sanders-Red Hen story is extremely important," 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, "Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Fest," 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, "Michelle Boulé," 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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vivify

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vivify

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

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