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 The net impact of growth in Newton, particularly additional housing within walking distance of village centers, will be to revitalize and expand our tax base and local business community., "Who are the City Council candidates in Newton’s Ward 5?," 22 Oct. 2019 The energy conservation initiative also calls for Climatec to install solar PV systems at 10 sites, revitalize windows at Ramona Elementary School, and repave the parking lot at Ramona High School. Ramona Sentinel, "Students start school on a bright note," 18 Sep. 2019 The High Altitude Facial ($230), for example, incorporates a lemon cream cleanse, a papaya pineapple mask and biogenic topical serums to revitalize and smooth the skin. Sarah Kuta, The Know, "Serious self-care: A guide to Colorado’s must-visit spas," 30 July 2019 Through the annual SHIFT Festival and the ELP, three days of preparatory activities before the event, the organization aims to advance and revitalize the conservation movement and elevate underrepresented voices to join the conversation. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 If United Nations sanctions on North Korea are lifted, China would be well-positioned to help in revitalizing its neighbor. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "China’s Xi Meets North Korea’s Kim, Both Seeking Leverage With U.S.," 20 June 2019 The stimulus is meant to revitalize the economy but critics worry it should be saved for more serious downturns and can distort financial markets, increasing risks down the line. Washington Post, "Outgoing ECB chief defends legacy against stimulus skeptics," 24 Oct. 2019 Last week, Moreno declared an end to government subsidies that had been holding down fuel prices, saying the move was part of a package of measures designed to revitalize Ecuador’s economy. Gonzalo Solano, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Explains: Crisis in Ecuador over end to fuel subsidies," 7 Oct. 2019 Regional councilor Antonio Tedeschi developed a plan to offer people more than $27,000 to relocate to one of Molise’s population-deficient villages in an attempt to revitalize the local economy. Natalie B. Compton, The Know, "How to get paid to travel," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of revitalize

1848, in the meaning defined above

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10 Dec 2019

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“Revitalize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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