re·​vi·​tal·​ize | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce revitalize (audio) \
revitalized; revitalizing

Definition of revitalize

transitive verb

: to give new life or vigor to

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Other Words from revitalize

revitalization \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌvī-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce revitalization (audio) \ noun

Examples of revitalize in a Sentence

The mayor hopes to revitalize the city. a new cream that claims to revitalize sun-damaged skin

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For this project, the client, along with her husband and two young children, had asked Harper to help revitalize a seaside house in Windsor, Florida, a New Urbanist community developed in the late 1980s. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "This Beach House Features the Most Surprisingly Awesome Color Combinations," 4 Mar. 2019 Zvolerin is optimistic that such specialty lubes will help revitalize the market. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "There’s a stigma around lube. These brands want to change that.," 14 Dec. 2018 The Met Philadelphia — the historic Metropolitan Opera House at Broad and Poplar Streets in North Philadelphia that Live Nation is helping to revitalize for a December opening — has a food-and-beverage provider. Michael Klein,, "The Met signs Brulee Catering to run its food and drinks," 11 June 2018 Throwing some barely-hanging-in-there lenses into your contact case with fresh solution should help revitalize them, right? Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Dangerous Mistakes You’re Making With Your Contact Lens Case," 25 July 2018 Ultimately, revitalizing the public-sector labor movement will require a range of tactics tailored to each individual union’s specific contexts and goals. Alexander Hertel-fernandez And Ethan Porter, Vox, "How teachers unions can survive," 17 July 2018 Still, revitalizing the DC movie business will be a crucial task for Warner Bros. Entertainment Chief Executive Kevin Tsujihara and Warner Bros. Pictures’ Toby Emmerich, who was named chairman of the film studio in January. Ryan Faughnder,, "DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns steps down, in latest Warner Bros. shake-up," 11 June 2018 The friends looked at the way city has revitalized itself and just started talking. Chuck Yarborough,, "InCuya Music Festival to feature Booker T. Jones, Avett Brothers, SZA in August," 20 Apr. 2018 Villa Barranco is another republican-era mansion from the 1920s that has been revitalized and converted into a nine-room hotel, with a rooftop terrace with ocean views. Catherine Elton, WSJ, "A Bohemian Neighborhood in Peru Gets a Luxury Lift," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of revitalize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of revitalize

: to make (someone or something) active, healthy, or energetic again


transitive verb
variants: also British revitalise \ (ˈ)rē-​ˈvīt-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce revitalise (audio) \
revitalized also British revitalised; revitalizing also British revitalising

Medical Definition of revitalize

: to impart new life or vigor to : restore to an active or fresh condition

Other Words from revitalize

revitalization also British revitalisation \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌvīt-​ᵊl-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce revitalisation (audio) \ noun

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