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 For Nadia’s foil Alan (Charlie Barnett), who also suffers from death-rebirth syndrome, Russian Doll features Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major as his signature theme. Hugh Hart, Fortune, "How TV’s Music Supervisors Make Your Favorite Moments Pop Through Song," 12 Sep. 2019 Name the county in England that was the world's largest producer of tin in the 1870s and could see a rebirth of tin mining. CNN, "CNN 10 - September 6, 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 With the image of the fetus firmly in his hand, Drndić suggests that what looks like death may double as a prelude to rebirth. Merve Emre, The New York Review of Books, "‘Dismembered, Relocated, Rearranged’," 6 June 2019 Her motifs include heaven, angels, devils, the colors pink and gold, and the notion of rebirth, all of which inform a solid new chapter in a long-running narrative. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift Finds Her Faith on Lover," 23 Aug. 2019 Her work leaves a mark on the reader, a mark of rebirth, her words a salve, a reminder to live your truth in all its brutal beauty. Jeneé Osterheldt,, "A song for Toni Morrison," 7 Aug. 2019 These fleeting transformations, or rebirths, yield a different mess of emotions in each person, ranging from catharsis to pride to dread. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola’ Review: Spirituality in an Age of Irony," 9 July 2019 Marvel was in a rebirth, starting with the publication of The Fantastic Four in 1961, and continuing with Thor and the Hulk. Andy Webster, New York Times, "Steve Ditko, Influential Comic-Book Artist Who Helped Create Spider-Man, Dies at 90," 7 July 2018 The event will have a grotesque quality: a German chancellor celebrating the rebirth of democracy alongside a leader who is systematically dismantling democratic institutions in his country. The Economist, "The eastern summer," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of rebirth

1837, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of rebirth was in 1837

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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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