[ 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.

Origin of vivify

First recorded in 1535–45; late Middle English from Middle French vivifier from Late Latin vīvificāre ). See vivi-, -fy

Other words from vivify

  • viv·i·fi·ca·tion, noun
  • viv·i·fi·er, noun
  • un·viv·i·fied, adjective

Words Nearby vivify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use vivify in a sentence

  • I would like to be able, if nothing else, to vivify for the American people the dramatic change that that event made.

  • Thence must issue those poignant darts that newly vivify the expiring embers of languishing love.'

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • Light—to vivify the stifling air, which died as this man was dying—as I should die—in blinding mirk!

    Lazarre | Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • The winds from the sea, southward blowing, unloaded their mists to vivify its ivy and myrtle.

  • So, also, it ought to vivify pantomime and accompany the stage pictures.

    How to Listen to Music, 7th ed. | Henry Edward Krehbiel
  • Turn back observantly into your own youth, and awaken, warm, and vivify the eternal youth of your mind.

    The Story Hour | Nora A. Smith

British Dictionary definitions for vivify


/ (ˈvɪvɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to bring to life; animate

  2. to make more vivid or striking

Origin of vivify

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

Derived forms of vivify

  • vivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən), noun
  • vivifier, noun

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