verb (used with object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.
- to activate, set in motion, or take up again; renew: to revive old feuds.
- to restore to life or consciousness: We revived him with artificial respiration.
- to put on or show (an old play or motion picture) again.
- to make operative or valid again.
- to bring back into notice, use, or currency: to revive a subject of discussion.
- to quicken or renew in the mind; bring back: to revive memories.
- to reanimate or cheer (the spirit, heart, etc., or a person).
- Chemistry. to restore or reduce to the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
verb (used without object), re·vived, re·viv·ing.
- to return to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, or a flourishing condition.
- to recover from financial depression.
- to be quickened, restored, or renewed, as hope, confidence, suspicions, or memories.
- to return to notice, use, or currency, as a subject, practice, or doctrine.
- to become operative or valid again.
- Chemistry. to recover the natural or uncombined state, as a metal.
- to bring or be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; resuscitate or be resuscitatedrevived by a drop of whisky
- to give or assume new vitality; flourish again or cause to flourish again
- to make or become operative or active againthe youth movement was revived
- to bring or come into use or currency againto revive a language
- (tr) to take up againhe revived his old hobby
- to bring or come back to mind
- (tr) theatre to mount a new production of (an old play)
early 15c., “return to consciousness; restore to health,” from Middle French revivre (10c.), from Latin revivere “to live again,” from re- “again” (see re-) + vivere “to live” (see vital). Meaning “bring back to notice or fashion” is from mid-15c. Related: Revived; reviving.
- To bring back to life or consciousness; resuscitate.
- To regain health, vigor, or good spirits.