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How is the word vivify distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of vivify are animate, enliven, and quicken. While all these words mean "to make alive or lively," vivify implies a freshening or energizing through renewal of vitality.

new blood needed to vivify the dying club

When can animate be used instead of vivify?

While the synonyms animate and vivify are close in meaning, animate emphasizes the imparting of motion or vitality to what is or might be mechanical or artificial.

happiness animated his conversation

In what contexts can enliven take the place of vivify?

The synonyms enliven and vivify are sometimes interchangeable, but enliven suggests a stimulus that arouses from dullness or torpidity.

enlivened her lectures with humorous anecdotes

When would quicken be a good substitute for vivify?

Although the words quicken and vivify have much in common, quicken stresses a sudden renewal of life or activity especially in something inert.

the arrival of spring quickens the earth

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

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“Vivify.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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