re·​birth | \(ˌ)rē-ˈbərth, 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

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The launchpad’s history reflects the highs and lows of the U.S. space program, and its rebirth heralds a promising but very new future. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral's Legendary Launchpad Is Ready for Astronauts Once More," 16 Aug. 2018 In the nine months since Lena Dunham underwent a hysterectomy to treat her endometriosis, she's gone through something of a rebirth. Andrea Park, SELF, "Lena Dunham Celebrates the 9-Month Anniversary of Her Hysterectomy With a Heartfelt Instagram Post," 15 Aug. 2018 Neighborhood 'no longer mine' Not every Baghdad neighborhood is experiencing such a rebirth, even as normalcy has returned to much of the capital since Iraqi security forces last year vanquished ISIS and their staunchly sectarian ideology. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Baghdad, a sense of home resurfaces a decade after ethnic cleansing," 2 May 2018 On the album, Christina sings of rebirths and comebacks -- but despite its eccentricities, Lotus largely played it safe, fading almost immediately from our cultural memory. Richard S. He, Billboard, "20 Years of Xtina: How She Found, Lost and Liberated Her Voice Again," 4 May 2018 The tarot card that corresponds to Scorpio is the Death card, which while frightening to some, can be a welcome omen of change and rebirth. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Oh God, April’s Full Moon in Scorpio and Jupiter Retrograde Will Occur Simultaneously on Sunday Night," 27 Apr. 2018 The film tells the unique history of this Canadian Gold Rush town by chronicling the life cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery and rebirth. The Courier-Journal, "50+ fun things for week of Oct. 12-18," 12 Oct. 2017 The rebirth of Hartford’s Colt factory complex — from 19th-century gunmaker to 21st-century mix of apartments, offices, classrooms and storefronts — is now in the final stretch of what at times appeared to be an improbable transformation. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "Renovations Begin In Last Major Structure At Hartford's Colt Complex," 11 July 2018 Then Ford struck a deal to buy what Detroiters now hope will become a symbol of the city’s rebirth. The Economist, "Ford has ambitious plans for Detroit’s most beautiful ruin," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of rebirth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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, 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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