- 1[intransitive, transitive] to become, or to make somebody/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 the National Theatre. see also revival Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French revivre or late Latin revivere, from Latin re-
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪv//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they revive
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪv//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪv//he / she / it revives
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪvz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪvz//past simple revived
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪvd//past participle revived
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪvd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪvd//-ing form reviving
BrE BrE//rɪˈvaɪvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈvaɪvɪŋ//