- 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 reviver
Cimabue, the reviver of painting, received instruction from the Greeks.
On the contrary, tea is to me a wonderful refresher and reviver.Tea and Tea Drinking
He is notable as the restorer of Babu and the reviver of its culture.Myths & Legends of Babylonia & Assyria
It was so in this case; the transient dignity of the unhappy man decreased, in exact proportion as the ‘reviver’ wore off.Sketches by Boz
Judging by the fat bottles all down the dinner table of this hotel, that reviver of mankind is cheaper here than water.Winged Wheels in France
Michael Myers Shoemaker
- 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
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Word Origin and History for reviver
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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