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[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin of vivify
late Middle English
1535-45; alteration (with -fy for -ficate) of late Middle English vivificate < Latin vīvificātus (past participle of vīvificāre). See vivi-, -ficate
Related forms
vivification, noun
vivifier, noun
unvivified, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for vivification
Historical Examples
  • Its vivification, among them also, constituted the act of creation.

    Ophiolatreia Anonymous
  • But most of all is the regular progress of vivification visible in the dialogue.

    The English Novel George Saintsbury
  • Every other description of food was in the same state of transition into vivification.

    Rattlin the Reefer Edward Howard
  • My dear, there is a bloom and joy, a vivification about you that may be felt ten feet away!

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • Still, it was but a pencil sketch, and wanted the vivification of color.

    Under the Redwoods Bret Harte
  • Every phrase of his narrative is a definite contribution towards the vivification of his realistic effects.

    Norse Tales and Sketches Alexander Lange Kielland
British Dictionary definitions for vivification


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to bring to life; animate
to make more vivid or striking
Derived Forms
vivification (ˌvɪvɪfɪ'keɪʃən) noun
vivifier, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin vīvificāre, from Latin vīvus alive + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vivification



1590s, from Old French vivifier (12c.), from Late Latin vivificare "make alive, restore to life," from vivificus "enlivening," from Latin vivus "alive" (see vivid) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Vivificate in same sense is recorded from early 15c.

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vivification in Medicine

vivification viv·i·fi·ca·tion (vĭv'ə-fĭ-kā'shən)

  1. The process of converting protein from food into the living matter of the cells.

  2. See revivification.

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