vivify

[viv-uh-fahy]

verb (used with object), viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing.

to give life to; animate; quicken.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.

Nearby words

  1. vivianite,
  2. vivid,
  3. vividly,
  4. vivien,
  5. vivification,
  6. viviparous,
  7. vivisect,
  8. vivisection,
  9. vivisectionist,
  10. vivo

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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British Dictionary definitions for vivify

vivify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

to bring to life; animate
to make more vivid or striking
Derived Formsvivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən), nounvivifier, noun

Word Origin for vivify

C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make

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Word Origin and History for vivify

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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