Revive vs Rebirth – What’s the difference?

Revive vs Rebirth - What's the difference?
As a verb revive is to return to life; to recover life or strength; to live anew; to become reanimated or reinvigorated.

As a noun rebirth is reincarnation; new birth subsequent to one’s first.



(Webster 1913 )



  • To return to life; to recover life or strength; to live anew; to become reanimated or reinvigorated.
  • The Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into again, and he revived . 1 Kings xvii. 22.
    The dying puppy was revived by a soft hand.
    Her grandmother refused to be revived if she lost consciousness
  • To recover from a state of oblivion, obscurity, neglect, or depression; as, classical learning revived in the fifteenth century.
  • In recent years, The Manx language has been revived after dying out and is now taught in some schools on the Isle of Man.
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  • To restore, or bring again to life; to reanimate.
  • Hopefully this new paint job should revive the surgery waiting room
  • To raise from coma, languor, depression, or discouragement; to bring into action after a suspension.
  • Hence, to recover from a state of neglect or disuse; as, to revive letters or learning.
  • To renew in the mind or memory; to bring to recollection; to recall attention to; to reawaken.
  • The Harry Potter films revived the world’s interest in wizardry
  • To recover its natural or metallic state, as a metal.
  • To restore or reduce to its natural or metallic state
  • revive a metal after calcination.


    * rediscover
    * resurrect
    * renew

    Derived terms

    * revival
    * revivable
    * unrevivable




    (en noun )

  • Reincarnation; new birth subsequent to one’s first.
  • * 1989 , Saral Jhingran, Aspects of Hindu morality , page 35:
  • A theistic version of the above doctrine of transmigratory existence is presented best in the Bhagavadgit? which compares the rebirth of the soul in another body to changing of clothes,
  • Revival, reinvigoration.
  • * 2009 , Richard Taruskin, Music in the Nineteenth Century :
  • And it was the spread of modern nationalism in the aftermath of Napoleon’s defeat that mainly accounted for the nineteenth-century rebirth of the “Handelian” oratorio in Germany, where it had never thrived before,
  • Spiritual renewal.
  • * 2000 , Joseph Stoutzenberger, Celebrating Sacraments , page 132:
  • The rebirth of Baptism affirms that Christ the healer shares our life.
  • * 2011 , Chad T. Pierce, Spirits and the Proclamation of Christ , page 233:
  • Rather, in 1 Pet 3:21, those who have experienced rebirth in Christ, presumably through baptism, are promised an eschatological reward.



    See also

    * reborn
    * reincarnation
    * renaissance
    * revival
    * metempsychosis