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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That portion of the remodel had to be scrapped due to lack of funds, but it’s been revitalized with the idea of Tiger Perk. Ed Wittenberg,, "Tiger Perk coffee shop at Chagrin Falls High School teaches business skills," 5 Sep. 2019 Farther south in Atlanta, Ill., is The Palms Grill Café, a glorious throwback that’s recently been revitalized and reopened. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The mother of all American road trips, Route 66, begins in the Midwest," 4 July 2019 Hogsett's office and campaign have said the mayor has revitalized housing in Indianapolis. James Briggs, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Merritt and Joe Hogsett say each other's to blame for renters' nightmares in Indianapolis," 3 July 2019 The fact remains that our steel and aluminum industries, previously in a state of precipitous decline, are now being revitalized by President Trump’s policies. WSJ, "Trump’s Metal Tariffs Saving U.S. Industries," 12 Feb. 2019 The decision to start JaVale McGee has paid off with 8 points, Shaun Livingston has 8 points off the bench and David West looks revitalized in his first chunk of action in quite some time. Benjamin Hoffman And Marc Stein, New York Times, "N.B.A. Finals 2018: Warriors Roll Over Cavs in Game 2," 4 June 2018 The evaluation would come with recommendations for ways to maintain and revitalize those industries., "Federal lawmakers from Massachusetts are urging the US trade representative to “explore new markets for American lobster exports” following a year-plus of heavy Chinese tariffs on the imported crustacean.," 17 Sep. 2019 It was supposed to be different for these Browns, revitalized by the addition of receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Tom Withers,, "Cleveland cannot overcome penalties," 8 Sep. 2019 The Kennedy Center is unveiling a massive new expansion designed to transform the relationship between audience and artist while revitalizing the performing arts complex for a new generation. Washington Post, "Kennedy Center looks to the future with opening of The Reach," 6 Sep. 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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