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 opportunity zone concept has bipartisan support and has been highlighted in Baltimore as an important tool for helping revitalize the city. Lillian Reed,, "After President Trump calls Rep. Elijah Cummings ‘racist,’ defenders rally behind Baltimore, congressman," 29 July 2019 Disaster follows a producer’s decision to bring in a legendary TV anchor to revitalize a struggling morning-news program. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Given its track record, Hilcorp will look to revitalize the North Slope’s mature assets, trying to squeeze more oil out of them. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "BP and Hilcorp should both benefit from blockbuster deal in Alaska, experts say," 29 Aug. 2019 Commisso, an all-Ivy League second-team player at Columbia in 1968 and ’69, has attempted to revitalize La Viola after taking over the Serie A club. Frank Dell’apa,, "MLS season could have a Hollywood ending for LAFC," 26 Aug. 2019 Perry's economic development team also gave $40 million in 2004 to Sematech, a consortium formed to revitalize the U.S. semiconductor industry in the 1980s, to keep it from moving jobs from Austin to New York. Dallas News, "Here's where Uber's $24 million ranks among state's biggest incentive packages," 26 Aug. 2019 As consumer tastes shift, Anheuser Busch has been working to revitalize Natural Light, an important part of its overall portfolio. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Natural Light hard seltzer? Anheuser-Busch is leaning into the trend," 10 Aug. 2019 Dubuque will receive $800,000 to revitalize areas across the community, including sites in the South Port, Washington Neighborhood and North End neighborhoods. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 Dubbed the New Look, the styles that originated from Christian Dior’s 1947 collection served to revitalize French fashion after World War II. Vogue, "Elle Fanning Delivers a Lesson in French Fashion History at Cannes," 21 May 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 make a temporary encampment

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