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verb revive pronunciation in British English /rɪˈvaɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereviving
past tenserevived
past participlerevived
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make someone become conscious or alive again

    Attempts to revive him failed, and he died soon afterwards.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to become conscious or alive again
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to become, or to make something become, active, successful, or popular again

    Jenkins certainly has the ability to revive Australian women’s tennis.

    revive someone’s/something’s fortunes (=improve a situation for someone/something):

    The railway revived the flagging fortunes of the town.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to perform something such as a play that has not been performed recently
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] often humorous to make someone feel better, or to start feeling better

    I need a cup of tea to revive me!

    revive someone’s spirits (=to make someone feel happier or less tired):

    It’s amazing what a five-star hotel can do to revive your spirits.

  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] if you revive a plant, or if it revives, it starts to look fresh and healthy again
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