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[ ri-vahyv ]

verb (used with object)

, re·vived, re·viv·ing.
  1. to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew:

    to revive old feuds.

    Synonyms: reactivate

  2. to restore to life or consciousness:

    We revived him with artificial respiration.

    Synonyms: resuscitate, reanimate, revitalize

    Antonyms: kill

  3. to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.
  4. to make operative or valid again.

    Synonyms: reactivate

  5. to bring back into notice, use, or currency:

    to revive a subject of discussion.

  6. to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back:

    to revive memories.

    Synonyms: refresh, rouse

  7. to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).
  8. Chemistry. to restore or reduce to the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.

verb (used without object)

, re·vived, re·viv·ing.
  1. to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition.
  2. to recover from financial depression.
  3. to be quickened, restored, or renewed, as hope, confidence, suspicions, or memories.
  4. to return to notice, use, or currency, as a subject, practice, or doctrine.
  5. to become operative or valid again.
  6. Chemistry. to recover the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.


/ rɪˈvaɪv /


  1. to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitated

    revived by a drop of whisky

  2. to give or assume new vitality; flourish again or cause to flourish again
  3. to make or become operative or active again

    the youth movement was revived

  4. to bring or come into use or currency again

    to revive a language

  5. tr to take up again

    he revived his old hobby

  6. to bring or come back to mind
  7. tr theatre to mount a new production of (an old play)

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Derived Forms

  • reˈvivingly, adverb
  • reˈviver, noun
  • reˈvivably, adverb
  • reˌvivaˈbility, noun
  • reˈviving, adjective
  • reˈvivable, adjective

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Other Words From

  • re·viva·ble adjective
  • re·viva·bili·ty noun
  • re·viva·bly adverb
  • re·viver noun
  • re·viving·ly adverb
  • unre·viva·ble adjective
  • unre·vived adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of revive1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English reviven, from Latin revīvere “to live again,” from re- re- + vīvere “to live” ( vital )

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Word History and Origins

Origin of revive1

C15: from Old French revivre to live again, from Latin revīvere , from re- + vīvere to live; see vivid

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Example Sentences

The vivid footage of the assault on the Capitol revived “horrible memories,” Daines said later.

Another rare earths company may soon be going public in the US, presenting new opportunities for private investment in the domestic critical metals industry—a sector that Washington has signaled strong interest in reviving.

From Quartz

EA Sports announced Tuesday that it is reviving its college football video game series, a beloved franchise that was discontinued in 2013 after EA and the NCAA were taken to court over the unpaid use of player likenesses.

Experts hope this will revive ecosystems and safeguard the diversity of Earth’s species.

Axios went as far as to name “reviving local journalism” as one of the 10 promises to readers that CEO Jim VandeHei made earlier this month in the company’s new Bill of Rights.

From Digiday

Scholar-activists Larry Lessig and Zephyr Teachout have recently been working to revive it.

Mamoon and his second wife, Liana, hope it will revive his reputation, and “prompt the reissuing of his books in forty languages.”

A great chef who has fought to revive the old spirit says he fears history may repeat itself.

My friends, hurting from a night of rum-infused revelry, opt for Revive.

I ordered Revive and now I am about to close my second deal today!

HE ordered a lunch which he thought the girl would like, with wine to revive the faculties that he knew must be failing.

First Impressions are usually vivid but the power to revive them is weak—a poor memory.

First Impressions are usually weak but the power to revive them is strong—still a poor memory.

First Impressions on all subjects are strong and the power to revive them is strong—a first-class memory.

Thus the facts help us devise the number phrase, and the phrase helps revive the facts.


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