Definition of revivify in English:



[with object]
  • Give new life or vigour to.

    ‘they revivified a wine industry that had all but vanished’
    • ‘But basically, I want the American literary genius to reshape and revivify the American political genius.’
    • ‘Between them stood Yatpan, revivified and full of vigour, with all his strength.’
    • ‘What makes Queens successful is that its new immigrants have revivified its middle-class neighborhoods and civic institutions with the strong middle-class values and aspirations they brought with them.’
    • ‘The drink of Beam had revivified the old man, and he might be discussing the future of the motel with her.’
    • ‘She took those cliches and revivified them, and sometimes made them more than cliche.’
    • ‘The fluent prose poems of Donna Stonecipher's The Reservoir also try to revivify autobiography: Stonecipher, however, enjoys explaining and elaborating almost as much as Greenfield enjoys leaving bits out.’
    • ‘This precursor to the modern-day equipment that revivifies countless victims in TV medical dramas was a crude invention, used by the unscrupulous for cheap public entertainment.’
    • ‘The great inland waterways that inter-connect this region could also be revivified in conjunction with Bangladesh for inter-modal transport.’
    • ‘When, after numerous attempts, he finally attained a cathedral post, at Ely in 1953, he was thus able to bring hands-on experience to revivifying a less than vital musical foundation.’
    • ‘I'm referring to another outbreak of 1960s sentimentality - the kind that insists the failed culture loosely associated with that era should be revivified as a template for all subsequent politics.’
    • ‘I suppose I aim to revivify imagination in my own way.’
    • ‘The government's move to create districts exclusively for women contending for parliamentary seats has revivified rows in the political arena.’
    • ‘Other areas of the city which have suffered during the demise of Glasgow's heavy industries have been revivified.’
    • ‘Most frequently to be seen in press conference post-mortems after the opposition's corpse has been miraculously revivified when it should have been ‘put away’.’
    • ‘‘It's my impression that the language of music has always been revivified and expanded by the theatre,’ he says.’
    • ‘He's been in Dunedin revivifying his flagging spirits with the pre-Raphaelite exhibition, but it already seems to have worn off.’
    • ‘Enveloped in duende, the nihilism of Levis's poetry negated beliefs and consolations, but it did so to revivify our humanity and refresh the abilities of poetry.’
    • ‘As social experiments go - revivifying a materially and psychologically broken nation - there is every reason to be optimistic about this one.’
    • ‘Leopold is an eminent plant physiologist who discovered the essential metabolic process that allows seemingly inanimate seeds to quicken and spring to life with revivifying moisture.’
    • ‘By questioning established authority, founding new colleges, and revivifying evangelical zeal, it helped to prepare the revolutionary generation in America.’
    reinvigorate, re-energize, brace, fortify, strengthen, give new strength to, give a boost to, build up, bolster, prop up, help, renew, regenerate, restore, revive, rejuvenate, reanimate, resuscitate, refresh, reawaken, rekindle, put new life into, breathe new life into, enliven, stimulate, put some spark into, kick-start, uplift
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Late 17th century: from French revivifier or late Latin revivificare (see re-, vivify).