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)



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  • See vivifies examples

    March 25, 2012

  • And with the will came the Act and so at last
    He vivified naked form devoid of reason.
    —Lawrence Durrell, 'Poemandres'

    Listed as a discovery because I don't think I've ever seen the plain form 'vivify', as opposed to the familiar 'revivify'.

    March 17, 2009

  • Got this one 3 times today via 'random'. Weird, huh?

    October 24, 2008

  • Chants of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota,
    Chants going forth from the centre from Kansas, and thence
    Shooting in pulses of fire ceaseless to vivify all.

    Whitman, "Starting from Paumanok"

    January 9, 2008