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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In addition, the USS Constitution Museum and National Park Service are teaming up to revitalize the museum’s waterfront patio into a spot to relax and learn about the Navy Yard’s history. Larry Edelman,, "Another beer garden? Yes, but the Anchor does more than sell pints," 1 July 2019 Their selective trimming is intended to revitalize the wildlands — not log them — and slow the advance of a potential burn. Kurtis Alexander,, "Fearful of being the next Paradise, Grass Valley confronts its fire vulnerability," 30 June 2019 Dallas County leaders and officials from Parkland Memorial Hospital officials agree with the developer leading the charge to revitalize the former Red Bird Mall: A health clinic in the mall makes good sense. Dallas News, "Dallas County aims to open full-service health clinic at old Red Bird Mall by next year," 28 June 2019 But the issues are now years in the making and include a neighborhood revitalization scheme that was designed to revitalize the small city but instead has been widely criticized as being burdensome to people of color. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "In The Presidential Debate, Biden and Buttigieg Fall Short on Race: RaceAhead," 28 June 2019 The liquid was later revealed to be cognac, which seemed to revitalize Lenglen when her play sagged. Jon Wertheim And Jacob Feldman,, "The Incomparable Life and Mysterious Death of Suzanne Lenglen," 27 June 2019 The redevelopment aims to revitalize a street long seen as having unfulfilled potential but unable to achieve it. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, "$100M plan to redevelop Hartford’s Pratt Street would add apartments, retail and dining in downtown," 20 June 2019 The mall was an undeniable success, and cities across the country took note, crafting their own entertainment districts meant to revitalize urban cores, which had been abandoned by decades of disinvestment. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Will this PoMo wonderland in San Diego be saved?," 5 June 2019 The Midtown Area Regional Center Plan could be the city’s next step in trying to revitalize San Antonio’s urban core. Joshua Fechter,, "City Council could vote to drastically reshape areas near downtown San Antonio," 4 June 2019

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First Known Use of revitalize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of revitalize was in 1848

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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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to complain fretfully

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