Definition of revive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    revive

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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.
  4. see also revival
    Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French revivre or late Latin revivere, from Latin re- ‘back’ + vivere ‘live’.Extra examples Attempts to revive her failed and she was dead on arrival at the hospital. Banks and businesses are quickly reviving business activities in China. The good harvest helped revive the economic fortunes of the country. They are trying to revive some of the old customs. They revived him with cold water. an initiative aimed at reviving talks on the country’s political future attempts to revive falling sales the country’s readiness to help revive the economic fortunes of its neighbours
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