verb (used with object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.

verb (used without object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.

Origin of revive

1375–1425; late Middle English reviven < Latin revīvere to live again, equivalent to re- re- + vīvere to live, be alive; cf. vital
Related formsre·viv·a·ble, adjectivere·viv·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·viv·a·bly, adverbre·viv·er, nounre·viv·ing·ly, adverbun·re·viv·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·vived, adjective

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Antonyms for revive

2. kill. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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)
Derived Formsrevivable, adjectiverevivability, nounrevivably, adverbreviver, nounreviving, adjectiverevivingly, adverb

Word Origin for revive

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 revive

early 15c., "return to consciousness; restore to health," from Middle French revivre (10c.), from Latin revivere "to live again," from re- "again" (see re-) + vivere "to live" (see vital). Meaning "bring back to notice or fashion" is from mid-15c. Related: Revived; reviving.

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revive in Medicine




To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.
To regain health, vigor, or good spirits.
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