revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life : become active or flourishing again

transitive verb

1 : to restore to consciousness or life
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state : bring back
3 : to renew in the mind or memory

Other Words from revive

revivable \ ri-​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revive (audio) \ adjective
reviver noun

Examples of revive in a Sentence

The success of the movie has revived her career. The government is trying to revive the economy. Our spirits were revived by his enthusiasm. The store's business is beginning to revive. The family is trying to revive an old custom. He has decided to revive Molière's Tartuffe. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Police officers pulled him from the water after his jump Tuesday and took him to a hospital, where efforts to revive him failed. CBS News, 21 Sep. 2022 Davis was transported to the emergency room, but efforts to revive him were unsuccessful. Julia Musto, Fox News, 17 Sep. 2022 First responders rushed to Lyons to revive him with use of a defibrillator. Anthony Maluso, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 Despite efforts to revive them, they were pronounced dead at a hospital. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 14 Sep. 2022 Doctors close a wound to the left pulmonary vein, then try to revive her with two hours of chest massage — first externally and then directly to the heart. Jocelyn Noveck, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 Johns Creek officers were called to the suspects’ home July 18 after reports that the baby was unconscious and not breathing despite the child’s grandmother’s attempts to revive him. Matt Bruce, ajc, 24 Aug. 2022 Witnesses told the Milwaukee Journal on Monday that police performed CPR on Dujardin and paramedics also used a defibrillator to try to revive him. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Aug. 2022 Paramedics also used a defibrillator to try to revive him. Sophie Carson, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of revive

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for revive

Middle English, from Anglo-French revivre, from Latin revivere to live again, from re- + vivere to live — more at quick entry 1

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23 Sep 2022

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More Definitions for revive

revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Kids Definition of revive

1 : to bring back or come back to life, consciousness, freshness, or activity Doctors revived the patient. … it was no good … with no hope of any breakfast to revive him.— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
2 : to bring back into use or popularity The family revived an old custom.

revive

verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Medical Definition of revive

intransitive verb

: to return to consciousness or life

transitive verb

1 : to restore to consciousness or life
2 : to restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state

Other Words from revive

revivable \ -​ˈvī-​və-​bəl How to pronounce revive (audio) \ adjective

revive

transitive verb
re·​vive | \ ri-ˈvīv How to pronounce revive (audio) \
revived; reviving

Legal Definition of revive

: to restore the force, effect, or validity of (as a contract, will, or action)

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