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[ree-liv] /riˈlɪv/
verb (used with object), relived, reliving.
to experience again, as an emotion.
to live (one's life) again.
verb (used without object), relived, reliving.
to live again.
Origin of relive
1540-50; re- + live1
Related forms
relivable, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for relive
  • Deep down lurks the sullen suspicion that this is a drama that the euro zone may be condemned to relive time and again.
  • It was great to relive it a little through your words and photos.
  • He is doomed to relive moments of his life over and over again.
  • As they fume, people repeatedly relive the event in their minds.
  • The sips are followed by a gift-wrapped box, allowing patrons to relive the joy of opening a present.
  • It is part of him and the need to understand it and to relive it in imagination can be imperious.
  • We can relive events that happened long ago or envision ourselves in the future.
  • On this journey you can relive stirring events that forged our history.
  • People may feel more fearful or relive past traumatic experiences.
  • Today, you can relive the era of steam as the engines come back to life.
British Dictionary definitions for relive


(transitive) to experience (a sensation, event, etc) again, esp in the imagination
Derived Forms
relivable, adjective
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Word Origin and History for relive

1540s, "to come to life again" (also "to restore to life again"), from re- "back, again" + live (v.). Meaning "to experience over again" is attested from c.1711. Related: Relived; reliving.

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