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

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Will this bottoming-out result in a Browns-esque rebirth? The Mmqb Staff,, "Will the Dolphins Come Out Better on the Other Side of Their Rebuilding Efforts?," 4 Sep. 2019 Ravenna’s master sculptor Marco Bravura designed the fountain, which is named after a phoenix to symbolize rebirth. Prathap Nair, National Geographic, "Visit Italy’s mesmerizing city of mosaics," 20 Aug. 2019 Improved fuels and growth in small reactors could be a big part of a nuclear power rebirth. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Safer Nuclear Reactors Are on the Way," 1 July 2019 The tournament -- the first to be hosted in Asia -- will signal a remarkable rebirth for a city that has borne such hardship. George Ramsay, CNN, "How the Rugby World Cup has brought hope to one Japanese City," 12 June 2019 Many of the job cuts would affect the Midwest, the politically crucial region where the president promised a manufacturing rebirth. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "Trump suggests he’s looking into tariffs on car imports," 28 Nov. 2018 Boyle of the News Media Alliance said the new tariffs would be unlikely to spur a paper mill rebirth. Samantha Masunaga,, "Canadian newsprint tariffs start to take a toll on U.S. newspaper industry," 10 May 2018 The lotus stunned people with its ability to dip into the grime and revive itself unscathed—an incredible daily cycle of life, death, and a sudden immaculate rebirth that can only be described as spiritual. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "The Secret Meaning of the Lotus Flower," 28 Apr. 2017 Real won, 3-1, at Celta Vigo in Week 1 and will consider this their rebirth under Zidane. Si Wire,, "Real Madrid vs. Real Valladolid Live Stream, TV Channel: Watch La Liga Online," 24 Aug. 2019

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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 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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