re·viv·al | \ ri-ˈvī-vəl \

Definition of revival 

1 : an act or instance of reviving : the state of being revived: such as

a : renewed attention to or interest in something

b : a new presentation or publication of something old

c(1) : a period of renewed religious interest

(2) : an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings

2 : restoration of force, validity, or effect (as to a contract)

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Examples of revival in a Sentence

a revival of biographical writing a revival in Gothic architecture Fashions from the 1970s are enjoying a revival. The city is showing signs of revival. There are three musical revivals on Broadway this season. The opera company is staging a revival of Verdi's Don Carlos.
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Throughout the month of June, photographer J.M. Giordano documented Maryland’s Poor People’s Campaign movement, which is part of a national call for moral revival. J.m. Giordano,, "Marching for the poor," 13 July 2018 The drag queen also states that earlier this year, it was announced that Kushner will be writing the screenplay for Spielberg's revival of West Side Story. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Watch Miz Cracker Give a Pride Month Herstory Lesson on Tony Kushner," 5 July 2018 That is the conundrum facing a southern African country anxious to shed its image as an international pariah, and to draw the foreign aid and investment needed for an economic revival. Washington Post, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe’s vote be?," 4 July 2018 That is the conundrum facing a southern African country anxious to shed its old image as an international pariah, and to draw the foreign aid and investment needed for an economic revival. Christopher Torchia, Fox News, "After Mugabe, how free and fair will Zimbabwe's vote be?," 4 July 2018 Before the Storm, as a model for ideological revival within the Democratic Party. Sam Rosenfeld, Vox, "The Democratic Party is moving steadily leftward. So why does the left still distrust it?," 22 June 2018 The process preserves the body in liquid nitrogen for revival in a more scientifically enlightened future. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "The Mystics Seeking Eternal Life Through Liquid Nitrogen," 22 June 2018 Though many expected My Fair Lady or Carousel to take home the award for best revival of a musical at the 2018 Tony Awards on Sunday night, director Michael Arden's Once on This Island came out on top. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tonys: 'Once on This Island' Wins Best Revival of a Musical," 11 June 2018 In April 2018, Deadline reported that the Roseanne cast is negotiating a deal for a show revival. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Rise and Fall of the 'Roseanne' Reboot," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of revival

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of revival was in 1651

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English Language Learners Definition of revival

: a period in which something becomes popular again after a long period of time

: the growth of something or an increase in the activity of something after a long period of no growth or activity

: the showing of a play, a movie, etc., to the public usually many years after it was last shown : a new production of an old show


re·viv·al | \ ri-ˈvī-vəl \

Kids Definition of revival

1 : a return of interest in a revival of jazz music

2 : a new production of an older play or movie

3 : a return of strength or importance a revival of business

4 : a meeting or series of meetings led by a preacher to stir up religious feelings or to make converts


re·vi·val | \ ri-ˈvī-vəl \

Legal Definition of revival 

: an act or instance of reviving

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