from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give or bring life to; animate: vivify a puppet; vivifying the brown grasslands.
- transitive v. To make more lively, intense, or striking; enliven: A smile may vivify a face.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bring to life
- v. To impart vitality
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To endue with life; to make to be living; to quicken; to animate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make to be living; endue with life; animate; enliven; inspire as if with life.
- To impart life or animation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give new life or energy to
- v. make more striking or animated
Middle English vivifien, from Old French vivifier, from Late Latin vīvificāre : Latin vīvus, alive; see gwei- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin vivus (alive), through late Latin vivificare and French vivifier (Wiktionary)