[ ri-viv-uh-fahy ]
See synonyms for: revivifyrevivifying on

verb (used with object),re·viv·i·fied, re·viv·i·fy·ing.
  1. to restore to life; give new life to; revive; reanimate.

Origin of revivify

1665–75; <French révivifier<Late Latin revīvificāre.See re-, vivify

Other words from revivify

  • re·viv·i·fi·ca·tion [ri-viv-uh-fi-key-shuhn], /rɪˌvɪv ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun

Words Nearby revivify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use revivify in a sentence

  • In the twelfth century the old system of wer and bt is already vanishing, though an antiquarian lawyer may yet try to revivify it.

    Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
  • The thought that he could revivify her by the very strength of his overflowing love took him forward a step.

    The Secret of the Storm Country | Grace Miller White
  • Prof. Church has in this story sought to revivify that most interesting period, the last days of the Roman Republic.

    Historic Boys | Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • After all, how can we know anything of a nation's present or future without some attempt to revivify its past?

    Penelope's Irish Experiences | Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • It is a food too strong for ordinary men, and which, when it does not revivify, smothers.

    The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh | William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for revivify


/ (rɪˈvɪvɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to give new life or spirit to; revive

Derived forms of revivify

  • revivification, noun

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