Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

vivify

[viv-uh-fahy]
See more synonyms for vivify on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing.
  1. to give life to; animate; quicken.
  2. to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Show More

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vivify

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for vivify

vivify

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

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper