- 1[intransitive, transitive] to become, or to make someone or something become, conscious or healthy and strong again The flowers soon revived in water. The economy is beginning to revive. revive somebody/something The paramedics couldn't revive her. This movie is intended to revive her flagging career. Attempts to revive him failed.
- 2[transitive] revive something to make something start being used or done again This quaint custom should be revived. She has been trying to revive the debate over equal pay. The poor trade figures have revived fears of higher interest rates.
- 3 [transitive] revive something to produce again a play, etc. that has not been performed for some time This 1930s musical is being revived at summer theaters all over the country. see also revival
NAmE//rɪˈvaɪv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they revive
he / she / it revives
past simple revived
-ing form reviving