revive

To revive something is to provide it with new energy or life, like when you revive a drooping plant by watering it, or when you revive a boring party by breaking out the karaoke machine.

Revive comes from the Latin roots re-, meaning “again,” and vivere, meaning “to live.” So, the word revive means “live again.” While the possibility of bringing folks back from the dead isn’t something we’re qualified to comment on, we will note that revive can be used in a sense that’s very close to its literal meaning; specifically, revive can mean “cause someone to regain consciousness.”

Definitions of revive
  1. verb
    cause to regain consciousness
    “The doctors revived the comatose man”
    synonyms: resuscitate
    come to, resuscitate
    return to consciousness
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    types:
    boot, bring up, reboot
    cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes
    raise, resurrect, upraise
    cause to become alive again
    type of:
    bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to
    return to consciousness
  2. verb
    return to consciousness
    “She revived after the doctor gave her an injection”
    synonyms: come to, resuscitate
    animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revivify, vivify
    give new life or energy to
    resuscitate
    cause to regain consciousness
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    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  3. verb
    give new life or energy to
    “A hot soup will revive me”
    synonyms: animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revivify, vivify
    come to, resuscitate
    return to consciousness
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    type of:
    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
    cause to be alert and energetic
  4. verb
    restore from a depressed, inactive, or unused state
    “He revived this style of opera”
    synonyms: resurrect
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    types:
    republish
    revive (a cancelled will or a libel)
    type of:
    regenerate, rejuvenate, restore
    return to life; get or give new life or energy
  5. verb
    be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
    “Interest in ESP revived
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    type of:
    boom, expand, flourish, thrive
    grow vigorously
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