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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During the era of rom-com revival, this show is interrogating what we have been taught to find alluring. Elana Rubin, Teen Vogue, "You Is the Psychological Thriller Showing How Dangerous Rom-Com Tropes Can Be," 7 Nov. 2018 Roseanne's exit follows a past storyline from season one of the revival. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "This Is How 'The Conners' Killed Off Roseanne and Will Go on Without Her Character," 16 Oct. 2018 And the use of multiple Motown hits in the soundtrack meant licensing the music would be too expensive for the show to land on streaming (though a handful of classic episodes have made their way to CBS All Access in advance of the revival). Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The rise, fall, and unlikely return of Murphy Brown, explained," 27 Sep. 2018 The cancellation of the Roseanne revival has incited a media frenzy since last week, as a racist comment tweeted by Roseanne Barr has been met by consternation and controversy. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "Sara Gilbert Says She 'Stands by the Decision ABC Made' to Cancel 'Roseanne'," 4 June 2018 Hilary Duff just revealed that Disney is currently in talks about a possible Lizzie McGuire revival. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Hilary Duff Reveals That A "Lizzie McGuire" Reboot Might Actually Happen!," 10 Dec. 2018 After being teased for way too many years, a Veronica Mars revival has officially been confirmed and picked up by Hulu for an eight-episode season. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "The Veronica Mars Revival Is Officially Happening," 20 Sep. 2018 While headwinds are against nuclear, the recommendations mapped by MIT give a sense of where the industry would need to go to see a revival. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy," 7 Sep. 2018 As the band maintains a steady and upbeat rhythm, Fountain sings, shrieks, trembles, and dances with the music, transforming the outdoor music festival into something that sounds more like a backroad Southern revival. Santi Elijah Holley, The Atlantic, "Remembering Clarence Fountain, a Gospel Legend," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of revival

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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