re·​birth | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio) , ˈrē-ˌbərth \

Definition of rebirth

1a : a new or second birth : metempsychosis
b : spiritual regeneration
2 : renaissance, revival a rebirth of nationalism

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Examples of rebirth in a Sentence

the natural cycle of birth, death, and rebirth in plants a renewed interest in long-playing records led to the rebirth of the turntable among audiophiles
Recent Examples on the Web Here, fire is seen as an element of rejuvenation and rebirth, not as a destructive force. Matt Wyatt,, "The end of a year of fire at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge," 7 Jan. 2021 Something told the Tribune staff writer of the New Year’s editorial to take its theme from nature’s cycle of death and rebirth. Ron Grossman,, "Flashback: ‘What’s on the other side?’ The Tribune’s New Year’s editions reflect the many mood swings of a city," 1 Jan. 2021 In the season of spring, a time of rebirth and leaving behind gray winter days, Passover calls on Jews to look back to a time of oppression that ended with a new beginning and a new path forward to find safer and better things ahead. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "When Is Passover This Year? The Spring Festival Begins in March," 14 Dec. 2020 This episode, framing their goodbye within an endless cosmic cycle of death and rebirth, is as close to a religious experience as a TV cartoon can offer. New York Times, "The Best TV Episodes of 2020," 7 Nov. 2020 But some clever new modeling, known as cellular automata, is giving fire scientists unprecedented insight into the life, spread, death, and rebirth of zombie fires. Matt Simon, Wired, "Want to Fight the Zombie Fire Apocalypse? Weaponize Math," 5 Nov. 2020 Dark winters are harnessed, like a logical inevitability, to the idea of rebirth or renewal. Washington Post, "Joe Biden warned of a ‘dark winter.’ Why does living in it feel so . . . unreal?," 20 Dec. 2020 Associated with renewal and rebirth, these insect charms were intended to protect souls on their journey to the afterlife. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Reveal Mummy’s Surprising Contents Without Unwrapping It," 17 Dec. 2020 The story is inspiring, and a reflection of Birmingham’s rebirth and potential as a city. Joseph Goodman |, al, "Playing like there’s no tomorrow, UAB football fights on," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of rebirth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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13 Jan 2021

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“Rebirth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of rebirth

: a period in which something becomes popular again after a long period of time when it was not popular
: a period of new life, growth, or activity


re·​birth | \ ˌrē-ˈbərth How to pronounce rebirth (audio) , ˈrē-ˌbərth \

Kids Definition of rebirth

1 : a period in which something becomes popular again
2 : a period of new life or growth Spring brings signs of rebirth.

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