Definition of vivify in English:



  • Enliven or animate.

    ‘outings vivify learning for children’
    • ‘The ability to assume different characters and voices helps a story-teller vivify his tale.’
    • ‘The stark red color vivifies the flashback scenes.’
    • ‘Those few seconds vivify the language, and crystallize the urgency not to let it die.’
    • ‘They grasp biography as one of the commercially viable means of publication; they use it to vivify their monographs and illustrate their general works.’
    • ‘Through most schools of Greek philosophy, this term was used to designate a rational, intelligent and thus vivifying principle of the universe.’
    • ‘The film, though, has a strange, stately calm, an antidramatic tone that the melodramatic music tries to vivify.’
    • ‘Historical memory, and especially the loveliest component of it, which has been preserved in works of art, is something absolutely vivifying.’
    • ‘The academy would choose, on the other hand, to flatten human experience; Pinker may be a materialist but one that sees this universality; therefore, he vivifies - encourages our sense of three-dimensionality.’
    • ‘To vivify the world is one responsibility of a poet.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful way to explore ideas, to vivify notions, to think.’
    • ‘What vivifies these elements, however, is the central operation of a pervasive and fundamental irony.’
    • ‘Her cowboy jigs and country reels literally vivify the show.’
    • ‘The study of literature, says Hines, vivifies material culture, while archaeology enriches critical reading.’
    • ‘Maybe those laboring to regenerate and vivify landscapes and to thicken the human/nature drama are quixotic deer-like souls.’
    • ‘But perhaps her hesitation was also due in part to another compelling belief, reflected in the venerable tradition of oral storytelling, which assumes repetition to be vivifying.’
    • ‘It vivifies the manufactured world to make it one with nature.’
    • ‘So this is what we are up against in the fight to preserve and vivify the life of the mind in the university-not a handful of old elitists, as leftist academics charge, but a mob of middle-aged managers.’
    • ‘Both deeper and wider than a biography, the book documents and vivifies events that still affect us today.’
    • ‘Augmenting and vivifying its collections is part of its raison d' être and a duty.’
    • ‘As much as these paintings enliven one another as a group, a generous eccentricity serves to vivify the authority and merit of each painting as an independent work.’
    enliven, vitalize, give life to, give new life to, breathe life into, breathe new life into, energize, invigorate, revive, liven up, light up, cheer up, gladden
    View synonyms


Late Middle English: from French vivifier, from late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivus ‘living’, from vivere ‘to live’.