re·​viv·​al | \ ri-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce revival (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Coal consumption fell to a new low of 58% of primary energy production in 2019, but saw a slight revival last year as regions sought to offset the negative economic effects of the trade war and pandemic. Time, "What's at Stake in U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry's Trip to China," 15 Apr. 2021 Goldman’s experience suggests that ESG might bring with it a revival of active management that will also encompass ETFs. Fortune, "When it comes to ESG investing, algorithms can’t match up with bankers," 12 Apr. 2021 His unending faith made his live performances, which he was known to punctuate with prayer, something closer to a pentecostal revival than a rap show. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, "DMX Only Wanted to Fly," 12 Apr. 2021 In local news agency reports, Iranian officials suggested the facility may have come under attack, speculating the plant may have been targeted as the country discusses a revival of the Iran nuclear deal with its Western signatories. Ramin Mostaghim And Sarah Dean, CNN, "'Incident' at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility a day after starting up new centrifuges," 11 Apr. 2021 Leading up to the market’s opening in 2019, residents said Community Foods represented a revival in the neighborhood. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Pandemic may force West Oakland's mission-driven grocery store to close due to declining sales," 8 Apr. 2021 The outlook for the energy industry's coming decades, as Biden's plan would have it, includes good wages and good benefits, reinforced by a revival of labor unions. CBS News, "Will Biden's clean energy push lead to a jobs boom?," 6 Apr. 2021 The announcement comes as loyal customers of another legacy smartphone brand are awaiting a revival of sorts. Washington Post, "LG is getting out of the smartphone business it helped pioneer," 5 Apr. 2021 But in the past decade, as Republicans greatly expanded their control of state legislatures, the laws have enjoyed a revival, with five states since 2012 adopting them, all in or near the industrial Midwest. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Repair the Crumbling Infrastructure of the American Labor Movement," 2 Apr. 2021

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Revival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce revival (audio) \

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 How to pronounce revival (audio) \

Legal Definition of revival

: an act or instance of reviving

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