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

Synonyms for revive

Antonyms for revive

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

Examples from the Web for revived

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



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 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

Medicine definitions for revived




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