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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To a certain extent, food halls have served as a catalyst to the retail incubator movement, a means for revitalizing erstwhile storefronts and breathing new life to dilapidated shopping centers. Bethany Biron, Vox, "The food court’s younger, hipper cousin is a curated version of the mall staple.," 30 Oct. 2018 Chelsea hired Maurizio Sarri as its manager on a three-year contract on Saturday, bringing in a headstrong coach known for his expansive, attacking approach to football and for revitalizing Napoli in his only stint with a big European club. Steve Douglas,, "Chelsea replace Conte with former Napoli boss Sarri," 14 July 2018 The cost for revitalizing the entire campus is estimated at $200 million, far greater than the trust’s annual gross operating budget of $123.3 million. Jane Margolies, New York Times, "Once Home to Soldiers, Former Presidio Fort Will House New Residents," 19 June 2018 The Metropoulos family is known for revitalizing iconic brands, including Hostess and Chef Boyardee. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "A Sweetheart Deal: Hostess Cupcakes' Savior Buys Maker of Necco Wafers and Candy Hearts," 1 June 2018 Among others, the Detroit City Council has expressed its support for revitalizing the airport many times in recent years. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Old Detroit City Airport crumbles as city rejects offers of millions," 13 Apr. 2018 Among others, the Detroit City Council has expressed its support for revitalizing the airport many times in recent years. John Gallagher, USA TODAY, "Detroit's old City Airport crumbles; can it be revived?," 13 Apr. 2018 Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria hitched his dreams for revitalizing his city to casino mogul Steve Wynn’s vision. Jon Chesto,, "Wynn’s woes make it nail-biting time for Everett mayor," 12 Apr. 2018 Erin and Ben Napier's passion for revitalizing their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, through the preservation of historic homes seems to have struck a chord. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Everything We Know About the HGTV 2018 Lineup So Far," 15 Feb. 2018

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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 \
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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