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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Both Christians and Muslims subordinated inquiry to dogma; the revival of Greek-style history in Florence rather than Constantinople, and the repression of free inquiry under Islam, were not foregone conclusions. Dominic Green, WSJ, 20 May 2022 The revival that opened on Sunday — in a Theater for a New Audience production directed by Awoye Timpo — makes the case that the 50-year wait was far too long. New York Times, 8 May 2022 Dating to the early 1920s, it's characterized by large lawns, winding streets and blend of French country, Spanish revival, Southwestern and California bungalow-style homes. Shanti Lerner And Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 Thanks to the cottagecore aesthetic, the Regency revival, and the comeback of the ‘00s punk pop style, there are some amazing bustier options out on the market right now. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 14 Apr. 2022 Saleh said Uzomah and Conklin are the kind of players that can serve as building blocks for a Jets’ revival. Mark Inabinett |, al, 3 Apr. 2022 The United States cannot trust the Iranian regime — a Russian ally — to fulfill its obligations under the JCPOA; even with the deal’s revival, Iran’s recent nuclear activities have sped up its capabilities. John Yoo, National Review, 30 Mar. 2022 The revival, written by the legendary playwright and four-time Tony-winner Neil Simon, sees three romantic pairs, all masterfully played by Broderick and Parker. Maria Ward, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 LuPone is a major attraction for the revival, which elicited largely positive reviews after a triumphant run on the West End. Brent Lang, Variety, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Revival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for revival


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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