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
Recent Examples on the Web His initiatives to revitalize America’s interior ended the notion that industrial decline was inevitable rather than a silly choice. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump Faces a Critical Choice About His Political Future," 26 Nov. 2020 Biden’s ability to restore normalcy in government could rely heavily on his ability to revitalize key agencies like the State Department. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: The story behind California’s $26-billion budget windfall," 23 Nov. 2020 ProPublica uncovered three major explanations for the failure to revitalize Madison Street. Haru Coryne, ProPublica, "Disinvested: How Government and Private Industry Let the Main Street of a Black Neighborhood Crumble," 11 Nov. 2020 Coplin adds that the alley project capitalizes on neighborhood efforts in the 1990s that helped revitalize Cochran Park. Mary Jacobs, Dallas News, "From eyesore to ‘ahh’: Dallas neighbors transform an ugly alley into a pleasant space," 28 Oct. 2020 In some ways, Mr. Trump’s efforts to revitalize American manufacturing have been undercut by his own policies. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Trump’s Manufacturing Promises Disappoint as Economy Sours," 26 Oct. 2020 New and old residents hope the projects revitalize Hough. Eric Heisig, cleveland, "Construction to begin on new houses in Hough neighborhood, to help revitalize long-distressed area," 26 Oct. 2020 Located across from League Park, Walding Station is representative of the chamber’s ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown League City. Yvette Orozco, Houston Chronicle, "Take a look at the League City chamber's new digs," 7 Oct. 2020 In Mobile, the effort to revitalize its oldest neighborhoods comes at a time when the city, which is Alabama’s fourth-largest, has been losing population in recent years. al, "Mobile mayor unveils details behind plan to ‘build or renovate’ 1,000 homes by 2026," 5 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of revitalize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2020

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“Revitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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