re·​ac·​ti·​va·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌak-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reactivation (audio)
plural reactivations
: the act or process of making something active again or becoming active again : the act or process of reactivating or the condition of being reactivated
reactivation of a dormant virus
reactivation of several warships

Examples of reactivation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Photo: Yael Eban & Matthew Gamber Instead, the team embraced the unconventional setting: from the gym to the locker rooms to the science lab, no space was off limits for reactivation. Stephanie Sporn, Vogue, 5 July 2024 In 1965: The U.S. Navy scheduled reactivation of the USS Repose, the first hospital ship activated during the Vietnam War. The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2024 As designed, their plan will provide more green space for communities adjacent to Forest Park, and block reactivation of the Rockaway Beach Branch for residents of the Rockaways, a community disproportionately hurt by the work of Moses and the site of many public housing projects. Noelle Hunter, New York Daily News, 5 Apr. 2024 The cultivation of Japan’s security partnerships with Australia and India and the reactivation of the Quad—an informal group that includes those three countries and the United States—are designed to strengthen the alliance through defense and security cooperation with fellow democracies. Mireya Solís, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2020 See all Example Sentences for reactivation 

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Word History

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reactivation was in 1903

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“Reactivation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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re·​ac·​ti·​va·​tion -ˌak-tə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce reactivation (audio)
: the act or process of reactivating or condition of being reactivated

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