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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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  • They should vivify and deepen the sense of the one relationship he does feel keenly,—that of himself to something well-known.

    Here and Now Story Book Lucy Sprague Mitchell
  • The abstract which we have made does not vivify us sufficiently.

    Laurus Nobilis Vernon Lee
  • She seemed to vivify and to cause their thoughts to flow with a power they knew not, separately or together, without her presence.

    Dawn Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
  • Even your overflow of life would not suffice long to vivify me.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • The lady leaves her sixteen or twenty eggs, all glued together, for the sun to vivify.

  • The teachers' meeting is not so much to get facts as to vivify and arrange them.

    Sunday-School Success Amos R. Wells
  • Yet what distant corner of the system do they not cheer and vivify?

  • And it is most desirable for the Northerner to vivify his impression of the South by the knowledge of men like him.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • It cannot vivify one fraction of a summer field, or give names to half a dozen stars.

    Howards End E. M. Forster
British Dictionary definitions for vivify


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 vivify

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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