[ ri-vahyv ]
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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.

  1. to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.

  2. to make operative or valid again.

  3. to bring back into notice, use, or currency: to revive a subject of discussion.

  4. to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back: to revive memories.

  5. to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).

  6. 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.

  1. to be quickened, restored, or renewed, as hope, confidence, suspicions, or memories.

  2. to return to notice, use, or currency, as a subject, practice, or doctrine.

  3. to become operative or valid again.

  4. Chemistry. to recover the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.

Origin of revive

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

Other words for revive

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Other words from revive

  • 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use revive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for revive


/ (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

  1. to make or become operative or active again: the youth movement was revived

  2. to bring or come into use or currency again: to revive a language

  3. (tr) to take up again: he revived his old hobby

  4. to bring or come back to mind

  5. (tr) theatre to mount a new production of (an old play)

Origin of revive

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

Derived forms of revive

  • revivable, adjective
  • revivability, noun
  • revivably, adverb
  • reviver, noun
  • reviving, adjective
  • revivingly, adverb

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