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vivify

[viv-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪv əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vivified, vivifying.
1.
to give life to; animate; quicken.
2.
to enliven; brighten; sharpen.
Origin
late Middle English
1535-1545
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
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  • Portraits by itinerant artists vivify a genre that was scuttled by the invention of photography.
  • It lays golden eggs by the bucketful every day and then weaves golden coins about them to warm and vivify them.
British Dictionary definitions for vivify

vivify

/ˈvɪvɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to bring to life; animate
2.
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 vivify
v.

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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