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[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin of vivify
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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  • He rubbed his head to relieve the pressure on his brain, and to vivify his ideas.

    Freaks of Fortune Oliver Optic
  • The abstract which we have made does not vivify us sufficiently.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • Even your overflow of life would not suffice long to vivify me.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • 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.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • 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.

    Lectures on Language William S. Balch
British Dictionary definitions for vivify


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to bring to life; animate
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

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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