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vivify

[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
1.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
2.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin of vivify
late Middle English
1535-1545
1535-45; alteration (with -fy for -ficate) of late Middle English vivificate < Latin vīvificātus (past participle of vīvificāre). See vivi-, -ficate
Related forms
vivification, noun
vivifier, noun
unvivified, adjective
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  • He rubbed his head to relieve the pressure on his brain, and to vivify his ideas.

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  • The abstract which we have made does not vivify us sufficiently.

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  • Even your overflow of life would not suffice long to vivify me.

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  • Yet what distant corner of the system do they not cheer and vivify?

  • Let us cheer them with our bounty, and vivify them with words of joy and hope.

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  • They seemed to vivify, as her discontent and restlessness grew.

  • The teachers' meeting is not so much to get facts as to vivify and arrange them.

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  • The picture is complete in itself; I have only to vivify its colors during the performance.

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  • It signifies to vivify, sustain, or support one's self in being or existence.

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British Dictionary definitions for vivify

vivify

/ˈvɪvɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to bring to life; animate
2.
to make more vivid or striking
Derived Forms
vivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən) noun
vivifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vivify
v.

1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare "make alive, restore to life," from vivificus "enlivening," from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.

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