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Etymology edit

From Middle English reviven, revyven, from Old French revivre and Latin revīvō, from re- + vīvō (live, verb).

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  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈvaɪv/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪv

Verb edit

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

  1. (intransitive) To return to life; to become reanimated or reinvigorated.
  2. (transitive) To return to life; to cause to recover life or strength; to cause to live anew, or to prevent from dying.
    The dying puppy was revived by a soft hand.
    Her grandmother refused to be revived if she lost consciousness.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To recover from a state of oblivion, obscurity, neglect, or depression.
    Classical learning revived in the fifteenth century.
    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.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[2]:
      Boyle revives some of the stylistic tics which found themselves being ripped off by geezer-gangster Britflicks back in the day, but now the freezeframes are briefer, sharper; the movie itself refers back to the original with variant flashback versions of famous scenes, but also Super 8-type images of the boys’ poignant boyhood in primary school.
    • 2020 December 2, Industry Insider, “The costs on cutting carbon”, in Rail, page 76:
      Significant rail projects have been mothballed before in the face of changed circumstances - in particular, the LNER Woodhead project which was postponed due to wartime conditions and not revived until 1948, as money became available after nationalisation.
  4. (transitive, figurative) To restore, or bring again to life; to reanimate; to make lively again.
    This new paint job should revive the surgery waiting room.
    • 2019 October, “Funding for 20tph East London service”, in Modern Railways, page 18:
      The 20tph service also requires additional stabling space on the east side with TfL considering various options including reviving the former London Underground depot at New Cross and sites at West Croydon and Crystal Palace.
  5. (transitive) To raise from coma, languor, depression, or discouragement; to bring into action after a suspension.
  6. (transitive) 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 (e.g. a metal)
  8. (transitive) To restore or reduce to its natural or metallic state
    to revive a metal after calcination

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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of revīvō

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  1. inflection of revivir:
    1. third-person singular present indicative
    2. second-person singular imperative