verb (used with object), re·lived, re·liv·ing.

to experience again, as an emotion.
to live (one's life) again.

verb (used without object), re·lived, re·liv·ing.

to live again.

Nearby words

  1. relinquish,
  2. reliquary,
  3. relique,
  4. reliquiae,
  5. relish,
  6. relleno,
  7. rellies,
  8. reload,
  9. relocatable,
  10. relocate

Origin of relive

First recorded in 1540–50; re- + live1

Related formsre·liv·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for reliving

British Dictionary definitions for reliving



(tr) to experience (a sensation, event, etc) again, esp in the imagination
Derived Formsrelivable, adjective

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Word Origin and History for reliving



1540s, "to come to life again" (also "to restore to life again"), from re- "back, again" + live (v.). Meaning "to experience over again" is attested from c.1711. Related: Relived; reliving.

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