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[ri-vahyv] /rɪˈvaɪv/
verb (used with object), revived, reviving.
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.
verb (used without object), revived, reviving.
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
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English reviven < Latin revīvere to live again, equivalent to re- re- + vīvere to live, be alive; cf. vital
Related forms
revivable, adjective
revivability, noun
revivably, adverb
reviver, noun
revivingly, adverb
unrevivable, adjective
unrevived, adjective
1, 4. reactivate. 2. revitalize, reanimate, resuscitate. 6. rouse, refresh.
2. kill. Unabridged
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  • All the old abuses were revived, including the re-establishment of the Inquisition.

    The Life of George Borrow Herbert Jenkins
  • After the civil code was revived it helped powerfully to make states.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • At last, far down among the Barons, came one at whose sight Richard revived a little.

    The Little Duke Charlotte M. Yonge
  • What then revived her was pouring a bottle of eau-de-cologne over her arms.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Learning, which revived under Francis the First in France, did not disdain to cultivate this small flower of wit.

British Dictionary definitions for revived


to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitated: revived 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 again: the youth movement was revived
to bring or come into use or currency again: to revive a language
(transitive) to take up again: he revived his old hobby
to bring or come back to mind
(transitive) (theatre) to mount a new production of (an old play)
Derived Forms
revivable, adjective
revivability, noun
revivably, adverb
reviver, noun
reviving, adjective
revivingly, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Old French revivre to live again, from Latin revīvere, from re- + vīvere to live; see vivid
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Word Origin and History for revived



early 15c., "return to consciousness; restore to health," from Middle French revivre (10c.), from Latin revivere "to live again," from re- "again" (see re-) + vivere "to live" (see vital). Meaning "bring back to notice or fashion" is from mid-15c. Related: Revived; reviving.

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revived in Medicine

revive re·vive (rĭ-vīv')
v. re·vived, re·viv·ing, re·vives

  1. To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.

  2. To regain health, vigor, or good spirits.

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