Definition of vivify in English:



[with object]
  • Make more lively or interesting; enliven.

    ‘outings vivify learning for children’
    • ‘Historical memory, and especially the loveliest component of it, which has been preserved in works of art, is something absolutely vivifying.’
    • ‘To vivify the world is one responsibility of a poet.’
    • ‘What vivifies these elements, however, is the central operation of a pervasive and fundamental irony.’
    • ‘Through most schools of Greek philosophy, this term was used to designate a rational, intelligent and thus vivifying principle of the universe.’
    • ‘It is a wonderful way to explore ideas, to vivify notions, to think.’
    • ‘They grasp biography as one of the commercially viable means of publication; they use it to vivify their monographs and illustrate their general works.’
    • ‘The ability to assume different characters and voices helps a story-teller vivify his tale.’
    • ‘Augmenting and vivifying its collections is part of its raison d' être and a duty.’
    • ‘The film, though, has a strange, stately calm, an antidramatic tone that the melodramatic music tries to vivify.’
    • ‘Both deeper and wider than a biography, the book documents and vivifies events that still affect us today.’
    • ‘Those few seconds vivify the language, and crystallize the urgency not to let it die.’
    • ‘The study of literature, says Hines, vivifies material culture, while archaeology enriches critical reading.’
    • ‘The stark red color vivifies the flashback scenes.’
    • ‘It vivifies the manufactured world to make it one with nature.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her cowboy jigs and country reels literally vivify the show.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
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Late Middle English: from French vivifier, from late Latin vivificare, from Latin vivus ‘living’, from vivere ‘to live’.