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vivify

[viv-uh-fahy]
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verb (used with object), viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing.
  1. to give life to; animate; quicken.
  2. to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
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Origin of vivify

1535–45; alteration (with -fy for -ficate) of late Middle English vivificate < Latin vīvificātus (past participle of vīvificāre). See vivi-, -ficate
Related formsviv·i·fi·ca·tion, nounviv·i·fi·er, nounun·viv·i·fied, adjective
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Examples from the Web for vivification

Historical Examples

  • Every other description of food was in the same state of transition into vivification.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • Still, it was but a pencil sketch, and wanted the vivification of color.

  • Its vivification, among them also, constituted the act of creation.

    Ophiolatreia

    Anonymous

  • But most of all is the regular progress of vivification visible in the dialogue.

    The English Novel

    George Saintsbury

  • My dear, there is a bloom and joy, a vivification about you that may be felt ten feet away!

    Foes

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for vivification

vivify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to bring to life; animate
  2. to make more vivid or striking
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Derived Formsvivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən), nounvivifier, noun

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vivification

vivify

v.

1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare "make alive, restore to life," from vivificus "enlivening," from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.

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vivification in Medicine

vivification

(vĭv′ə-fĭ-kāshən)
n.
  1. The process of converting protein from food into the living matter of the cells.
  2. revivification