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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.
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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.
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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.
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Related Words for reviver

stimulus, impetus, catalyst, drug, upper, motivation, tonic, incentive, restorative, motive, spur, energizer, analeptic, incitement, pick-me-up, impulse, goad, incitation, bracer, excitant

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Historical Examples of reviver

  • Cimabue, the reviver of painting, received instruction from the Greeks.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 327


  • On the contrary, tea is to me a wonderful refresher and reviver.

  • He is notable as the restorer of Babu and the reviver of its culture.

  • It was so in this case; the transient dignity of the unhappy man decreased, in exact proportion as the ‘reviver’ wore off.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

  • Judging by the fat bottles all down the dinner table of this hotel, that reviver of mankind is cheaper here than water.

    Winged Wheels in France

    Michael Myers Shoemaker

British Dictionary definitions for reviver


  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)
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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 reviver



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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

reviver in Medicine


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