tr.v. viv·i·fied, viv·i·fy·ing, viv·i·fies
1. To give or bring life to; animate: vivify a puppet; vivifying the brown grasslands.
2. To make more lively, intense, or striking; enliven: A smile may vivify a face.
[Middle English vivifien, from Old French vivifier, from Late Latin vīvificāre : Latin vīvus, alive; see gwei- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]
viv′i·fi·cation (-fĭ-kāshən) n.
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