[ ri-vahyv ]
/ rɪˈvaɪv /

verb (used with object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.

verb (used without object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.

Nearby words

  1. revitalize,
  2. revival,
  3. revival of learning,
  4. revivalism,
  5. revivalist,
  6. revivification,
  7. revivify,
  8. reviviscence,
  9. revivor,
  10. revocable

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

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British Dictionary definitions for reviver


/ (rɪˈvaɪv) /


Derived Forms

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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Medicine definitions for reviver


[ rĭ-vīv ]


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

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