verb (used with object), viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing.

  1. to give life to; animate; quicken.
  2. to enliven; brighten; sharpen.

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)

  1. to bring to life; animate
  2. to make more vivid or striking

1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare “make alive, restore to life,” from vivificus “enlivening,” from Latin vivus “alive” (see vivid) + root of facere “to make” (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.


  1. The process of converting protein from food into the living matter of the cells.
  2. revivification

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