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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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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The 14,000-square-foot Midtown Plaza is part of Carmel's project to revitalize the city's old industrial area, just south of the Arts & Design District. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "Who controls the big video screen at Carmel's Midtown Plaza and everything you need to know," 18 July 2019 For decades, conservationists have proposed revitalizing those holdouts by bringing in new blood from larger populations. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Boosting genetic diversity may save vanishing animal populations. But it may also backfire," 16 July 2019 Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary, for his part, hopes to revitalize his community by using self-rule to attract jobs. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "In wave of new cities, promise and pitfalls for black middle class," 20 June 2018 Student and community leaders voted this week to create a second neighborhood council for Westwood, the neighborhood around UCLA, promising to support revitalized nightlife and housing development and to be more inclusive to students and renters. Alejandra Reyes-velarde,, "Westwood students, community leaders vote to create new neighborhood council after heated debate," 26 May 2018 Castaneda said one of his top priorities would be to revitalize Broadway by bringing investment to the area and creating jobs. Gustavo Solis,, "Public safety takes center stage at Chula Vista candidates forum," 18 May 2018 Under former CEO Marissa Mayer, Yahoo sought to revitalize Flickr by promising more storage, but those efforts didn’t seem to help Flickr regain lost ground. Wendy Lee, San Francisco Chronicle, "Yahoo’s Flickr sold to rival photo site SmugMug," 20 Apr. 2018 By all accounts, Foster had done that at Creighton, experiencing fatherhood last year and revitalizing his game by shedding bad habits and taking on more of a leadership role. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: Evolution of Creighton's Marcus Foster comes full circle," 16 Mar. 2018 Joe Biden is out with a new plan to help revitalize rural America. NBC News, "Five things to watch for in the next Democratic debates," 19 July 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 shake or wave menacingly

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