re·​vi·​tal·​ize | \(ˌ)rē-ˈvī-tə-ˌlīz \
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 \ 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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The Good: Random encounters are revitalized with mini-game appeal, visible monsters, improved experience grind. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokemon Let’s Go: Well, I guess my adult ass is going to collect them all," 16 Nov. 2018 Mood Boost Bath Uplift and energize with this revitalizing combo that can also boost concentration and focus. Allison Young, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Essential Oils to Add to Your Bath Routine — And How to Do It Safely," 20 Sep. 2018 Glastonbury has received two awards for its efforts over the years to revitalize the banks of the Connecticut River with its Riverfront Park and community center. Peter Marteka, Courant Community, "Glastonbury Receives Two Awards For Its Riverfront Park," 9 July 2018 The North Star for any Biden campaign would be revitalizing the middle class, a subject Biden spoke to at length in a recent address at the Brookings Institution that was one of his most expansive policy speeches since leaving office. NBC News, "Joe Biden steams into midterm campaigns as 2020 question looms," 3 June 2018 How Mesa will move forward in revitalizing its downtown. azcentral, "Election 2018: Here's who wants to run your Valley city," 1 June 2018 The plaza is modeled after Main Street Square in Rapid City, South Dakota, which opened in 2011 to revitalize the downtown of that city of 74,000. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Caldwell's downtown has suffered for 50 years. Is its rebirth finally at hand? | Idaho Statesman," 4 May 2018 Yaffe, Patoka and the third Democrat, Harlan Zinn, said revitalizing Pikesville’s downtown corridor along Reisterstown Road would be a key priority. Pamela Wood,, "Democrats running for Baltimore County Council seat in Pikesville area set focus on crime, sprawl," 28 Apr. 2018 The ceremony paid tribute to Barnes, 80, for her commitment to the city and for her work in revitalizing downtown during her tenure as mayor. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Former KC Mayor Kay Barnes is Park University's new bridge to the community," 3 July 2018

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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 \
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 \ noun

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