to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew: to revive old feuds.
to restore to life or consciousness: We revived him with artificial respiration.
to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.
to make operative or valid again.
to bring back into notice, use, or currency: to revive a subject of discussion.
to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back: to revive memories.
to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).
Chemistry. to restore or reduce to the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition.
to recover from financial depression.
to be quickened, restored, or renewed, as hope, confidence, suspicions, or memories.
to return to notice, use, or currency, as a subject, practice, or doctrine.
to become operative or valid again.
Chemistry. to recover the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
- 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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How to use revive in a sentence
As he seeks to relaunch his premiership and revive the economy, Johnson aims to use his plan for a “green industrial revolution” to deliver on his pledge to invest in former industrial heartlands that voted for him at last year’s election.Facing an epic recession, Britain unveils its ‘green industrial revolution’ to jumpstart economy, create jobs | Bernhard Warner | November 18, 2020 | Fortune
Additionally, at Descarada Tradición, Sofía Campos and Luis Chaves are reviving the tradition of the gallo with housemade tortillas, while at MadFish, Tere Moreno is helping raise the profile of the artisan fishing community of Puntarenas.Everything You Need to Know About Costa Rican Food | Nicholas Gill | November 11, 2020 | Eater
In fact, some GOP leaders credit him and his movement for reviving the party and bolstering its standing in the House this time around.Even in defeat, the embers of Trumpism still burn in the Republican Party | Robert Costa, Philip Rucker, Josh Dawsey | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Maybe, as with the many attempts to revive 3-D television, people aren’t yet ready for widespread total immersion.The ways our modern tech stack up to sci-fi and fantasy marvels | George Bass | November 8, 2020 | Washington Post
Divided government is likely to mean a less generous package, but some investors say it could be enough to revive the slowing recovery.Wall Street rallies as investors believe Washington gridlock is good for business | David Lynch, Taylor Telford | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
That's typically the case with these revived TV series, too.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards | Kevin Fallon | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Though the bar closed soon after, a movement had been sparked, and when it reopened in 1990, history was revived.
A Christmas Carol revived and reinvented it around the gift of giving.
At once she began to breathe a little, and after a while she had fully revived.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her | The Brothers Grimm | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The US first considered the idea in the 1820s, but interest was revived in earnest after the California Gold Rush began in 1849.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution | Nina Lakhani | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
We revived our schooldays with mutual pleasure, and lunched together as befitted the occasion.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
The atmosphere of the stables and the breath of the blue grass paddock revived in her memory and lingered in her nostrils.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
Afterward, when the news came that Lee had succeeded in getting his army safely across the Potomac, Mr. Middleton's hopes revived.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
On the basis of this understanding the science of geology, which had in a way been founded by the Greeks, was revived.Outlines of the Earth's History | Nathaniel Southgate Shaler
Norman's indignation had quite revived him, and Margaret was much entertained with the conflicting opinions.The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
British Dictionary definitions for revive
to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitated: revived 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 again: the youth movement was revived
to bring or come into use or currency again: to revive a language
(tr) to take up again: he revived his old hobby
to bring or come back to mind
(tr) theatre to mount a new production of (an old play)
- revivable, adjective
- revivability, noun
- revivably, adverb
- reviver, noun
- reviving, adjective
- revivingly, adverb
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