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[ree-liv] /riˈlɪv/
verb (used with object), relived, reliving.
to experience again, as an emotion.
to live (one's life) again.
verb (used without object), relived, reliving.
to live again.
Origin of relive
First recorded in 1540-50; re- + live1
Related forms
relivable, adjective Unabridged
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  • They had relived a dozen moving incidents by flood and field.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • She now saw him from the commencement of that scene and relived what she had then felt.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • At once in a sort of retrograde vision, she relived the past.

    The Monster

    Edgar Saltus
  • She brought all incidents to her absences home, and the two relived them with her.

    Selina George Madden Martin
  • He died that His life might be loosed out to be relived in us.

British Dictionary definitions for relived


(transitive) to experience (a sensation, event, etc) again, esp in the imagination
Derived Forms
relivable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for relived



1540s, "to come to life again" (also "to restore to life again"), from re- "back, again" + live (v.). Meaning "to experience over again" is attested from c.1711. Related: Relived; reliving.

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