- to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew: to revive old feuds.
- to restore to life or consciousness: We revived him with artificial respiration.
- to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.
- to make operative or valid again.
- to bring back into notice, use, or currency: to revive a subject of discussion.
- to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back: to revive memories.
- to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).
- Chemistry. to restore or reduce to the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
- to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition.
- to recover from financial depression.
- to be quickened, restored, or renewed, as hope, confidence, suspicions, or memories.
- to return to notice, use, or currency, as a subject, practice, or doctrine.
- to become operative or valid again.
- Chemistry. to recover the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
Origin of revive
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1, 4. reactivate. 2. revitalize, reanimate, resuscitate. 6. rouse, refresh.
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Examples from the Web for revived
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Though the bar closed soon after, a movement had been sparked, and when it reopened in 1990, history was revived.The Bars That Made America Great
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A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
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The US first considered the idea in the 1820s, but interest was revived in earnest after the California Gold Rush began in 1849.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution
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The original Twilight Zone is renowned for the acting careers it revived or jump started.How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
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A commercial minister had appeared on the scene, and the shade of Hoskisson had revived.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
It has gone for ever; and can never be revived in the old circumstances.De Libris: Prose and Verse
Later on, Rinaldo and Rodelinda were revived, but the season came to an early end on May 29.Handel
Edward J. Dent
This revived him, and he offered us his canteen, in which was some excellent Jamaica.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The patient has revived and recovered, and no ill effects have followed.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitatedrevived by a drop of whisky
- to give or assume new vitality; flourish again or cause to flourish again
- to make or become operative or active againthe youth movement was revived
- to bring or come into use or currency againto revive a language
- (tr) to take up againhe revived his old hobby
- to bring or come back to mind
- (tr) theatre to mount a new production of (an old play)
C15: from Old French revivre to live again, from Latin revīvere, from re- + vīvere to live; see vivid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for revived
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.
- To regain health, vigor, or good spirits.
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