Definition of revive in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪv/


[with object]
1Restore to life or consciousness: both men collapsed, but were revived
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  • Dr Kelleher said lives could have been saved if clubs had defibrillators - medical equipment that revives the heart by means of electric current.
  • Despite little hope that either could be saved, rescuers tried to revive them and after working for 30 minutes heard a faint heartbeat coming from Andreas.
  • At 3:10 pm, he lost consciousness and resuscitative efforts to revive him failed.
resuscitate, bring round, bring to life, bring back, bring someone (back) to their senses, bring back to consciousness, bring back from the edge of death;
rescue, save;
give artificial respiration to, give the kiss of life to, give cardiac massage to, defibrillate
regain consciousness, recover consciousness, come round, come to life, come to one's senses, recover, awake, wake up
1.1 [no object] Regain life, consciousness, or strength: she was beginning to revive from her faint
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  • Close to his burning leader, Byu fainted, then revived and began to pray.
  • Amphitryon then speaks to his wife, who is reviving after having fainted in his arms.
  • If you're a born-again Christian, but your battery has gone down, it can be recharged, renewed, revived… today.
1.2Give new strength or energy to: the cool, refreshing water revived us all
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  • And indeed the energy the anger generates revives me, and gives my head something to latch onto.
  • They revived him with their water; fed him with their food; and healed him with their herbs dug up tenderly from the wet dirt by the lake, and time as well.
  • True, they had no shower gel at the time and the heat treatments softened the grit and grim for removal while the cold waters revived the weary bather.
reinvigorate, revitalize, refresh, energize, reanimate, resuscitate, brace, fortify, strengthen, revivify, rejuvenate, regenerate, renew, breathe new life into, enliven, stimulate, freshen
1.3Restore interest in or the popularity of: many pagan traditions are being revived
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  • Now a Labor premier aimed to challenge vested interests and revive reform.
  • Today, we desperately need to revive interest in and respect for the environment.
  • The carnival at Marlborough is to be relaunched at a public meeting in the New Year in a bid to revive its popularity.
reintroduce, re-establish, restore, resurrect, relaunch, bring back, reinstall, reinstitute, regenerate, revitalize, resuscitate, breathe new life into, give a new lease of life to;
reinvigorate, renew, awaken, wake up, rejuvenate, stimulate
archaic renovate
1.4Improve the position or condition of: the paper made panicky attempts to revive falling sales
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  • This spring, instead of keeping up with fashions, it began selling dog supplies in an attempt to revive weak sales.
  • The area's health trusts are battling to revive their critical financial conditions.
  • A senior Palestinian official said an international inquiry into Israel's actions would be a condition of reviving the peace talks.



Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪvəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Warner and Lazaridis are creating for the Royal Opera a production which has a very handsome look, a production which is eminently revivable with a series of different casts.
  • Although the play has none of the socio-political force of The Daughter-in-Law which shortly followed it, it remains a highly revivable curiosity.
  • Carl Maria von Weber was here in the 1800s, penning most of his eminently revivable opera Silvana in Stuttgart.


Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪvə/
Example sentences
  • We saw ourselves not as builders from scratch, but as revivers of a great (but not perfect) tradition that had existed not only in our country but also in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Morocco and elsewhere.
  • Hong Kong's unemployment rate dropped marginally in April to a 17-month low of 7.1 per cent, helped by the twin economic revivers of tourism and consumer spending.
  • Then, to add to their claim as revivers, Farron Gorey picked a ball off the ruck and with one step launched an enormous kick out of the centre which seemed to pass through the posts for a major.


Late Middle English: from Old French revivre or late Latin revivere, from Latin re- 'back' + vivere 'live'.

  • survive from Late Middle English:

    Survive entered English via Old French from Latin supervivere, based on vivere ‘to live’, as in revive (Late Middle English), vivacious (mid 17th century), and vivid (mid 17th century). According to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, those animals and plants which tend to survive and produce more offspring are the ones best adapted to their environment, while those less well adapted become extinct. The idea is summed up in the phrase the survival of the fittest, which was coined by the English philosopher and sociologist Herbert Spencer in Principles of Biology (1865). Darwin himself had originally used the term natural selection, but approved of Spencer's version. Beyond its technical use the phrase is often used loosely to suggest that the strongest or most ruthless will succeed at the expense of others, though this is a distortion of the original Darwinian notion.

Words that rhyme with revive

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, hive, I've, jive, live, MI5, rive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive, thrive

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