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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 vivified

Historical Examples

  • Every trait is refined, purified, vivified, raised to another plane of character.


    Beatrice Fortescue

  • He vivified, by potentialities at least, the whole question of youth and passion.

  • There is no durable system that is not, at least in some of its parts, vivified by intuition.

    Creative Evolution

    Henri Bergson

  • He looked at her pretty face and it vivified his mental resources.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • He wanted to see again that woman who had so vivified his memory of Joan.

    The Branding Iron

    Katharine Newlin Burt

British Dictionary definitions for vivified


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 vivified



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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