verb (used with object), viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing.
Origin of vivify
Examples from the Web for vivify
I would like to be able, if nothing else, to vivify for the American people the dramatic change that that event made.
With no one perhaps are those literary memories which transform and vivify life so constantly present as with Leigh Hunt.Essays in English Literature, 1780-1860|George Saintsbury
It remained for slight, almost fragile, Maude Adams to vivify and give the character an enduring interpretation.Charles Frohman: Manager and Man|Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
It will vivify the play again, and make the characters live in your memory as mere reading never will.Public Speaking|Clarence Stratton
British Dictionary definitions for vivify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for vivify
Word Origin and History for vivify
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.