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From Middle French revivre, Latin revivere; prefix re- re- + vivere to live. See vivid.



revive ‎(third-person singular simple present revives, present participle reviving, simple past and past participle revived)

  1. (transitive) To return to life; to recover life or strength; to live anew; to become reanimated or reinvigorated.
    The Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into again, and he revived. 1 Kings xvii. 22.
    The dying puppy was revived by a soft hand.
    Her grandmother refused to be revived if she lost consciousness
  2. (transitive) To recover from a state of oblivion, obscurity, neglect, or depression; as, classical learning revived in the fifteenth century.
    In recent years, The Manx language has been revived after dying out and is now taught in some schools on the Isle of Man.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The incident immediately revived the debate about goal-line technology, with a final decision on whether it is introduced expected to be taken in Zurich on 5 July.
  3. (transitive) To restore, or bring again to life; to reanimate.
    Hopefully this new paint job should revive the surgery waiting room
  4. (transitive) To raise from coma, languor, depression, or discouragement; to bring into action after a suspension.
  5. (transitive) Hence, to recover from a state of neglect or disuse; as, to revive letters or learning.
  6. To renew in the mind or memory; to bring to recollection; to recall attention to; to reawaken.
    The Harry Potter films revived the world's interest in wizardry
  7. (intransitive) To recover its natural or metallic state, as a metal.
  8. (transitive) To restore or reduce to its natural or metallic state
    revive a metal after calcination.


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  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of revivir.
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of revivir.