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verb (used with object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.
  1. to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew: to revive old feuds.
  2. to restore to life or consciousness: We revived him with artificial respiration.
  3. to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.
  4. to make operative or valid again.
  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.
  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.

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

Synonyms for revive

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Antonyms for revive

2. kill. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of revived

Historical Examples of revived

  • A commercial minister had appeared on the scene, and the shade of Hoskisson had revived.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • It has gone for ever; and can never be revived in the old circumstances.

  • Later on, Rinaldo and Rodelinda were revived, but the season came to an early end on May 29.


    Edward J. Dent

  • This revived him, and he offered us his canteen, in which was some excellent Jamaica.

    Ned Myers

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • The patient has revived and recovered, and no ill effects have followed.

British Dictionary definitions for revived


  1. to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitatedrevived 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 againthe youth movement was revived
  4. to bring or come into use or currency againto revive a language
  5. (tr) to take up againhe revived his old hobby
  6. to bring or come back to mind
  7. (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 revived



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

revived in Medicine


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