AskDefine | Define revive

Dictionary Definition



1 cause to regain consciousness; "The doctors revived the comatose man" [syn: resuscitate]
2 give new life or energy to; "A hot soup will revive me"; "This will renovate my spirits"; "This treatment repaired my health" [syn: animate, recreate, reanimate, renovate, repair, quicken, vivify, revivify]
3 be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength; "Interest in ESP revived"
4 restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state; "He revived this style of opera"; "He resurrected the tango in this remote part of Argentina" [syn: resurrect]
5 return to consciousness; "The patient came to quickly"; "She revived after the doctor gave her an injection" [syn: come to, resuscitate]

User Contributed Dictionary



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



  1. To return to life; to recover life or strength; to live anew; to become reanimated or reinvigorated.
    The Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into again, and he revived. 1 Kings xvii. 22.
  2. Hence, to recover from a state of oblivion, obscurity, neglect, or depression; as, classical learning revived in the fifteenth century.
  3. To recover its natural or metallic state, as a metal.
  4. To restore, or bring again to life; to reanimate.
  5. To raise from coma, languor, depression, or discouragement; to bring into action after a suspension.
  6. 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.
  8. To restore or reduce to its natural or metallic state; as, to revive a metal after calcination.


to recover from a state of neglect
to return to life, to recover life or strength
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