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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for revive in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


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


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  • Rhymes: -aɪv


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
    The dying puppy was revived by a soft hand.
    Her grandmother refused to be revived if she lost consciousness
  3. (transitive) To recover from a state of oblivion, obscurity, neglect, or depression
    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.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      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.
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      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.
  4. (transitive) To restore, or bring again to life; to reanimate.
    Hopefully this new paint job should revive the surgery waiting room
  5. (transitive) To raise from coma, languor, depression, or discouragement; to bring into action after a suspension.
  6. (transitive) Hence, to recover from a state of neglect or disuse; as, to revive letters or learning.
  7. 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
  8. (intransitive) To recover its natural or metallic state, as a metal.
  9. (transitive) To restore or reduce to its natural or metallic state
    revive a metal after calcination.


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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of revīvō




  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.