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 Just last week, Mototola launched its own foldable flip phone in a revival of the iconic RAZR brand, and based on the images in the ad, the two phones have a very similar look. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung outs its new folding Galaxy flip phone in a surprising Oscar ad," 10 Feb. 2020 Following talks in Warsaw with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Macron also called for a revival of trilateral ties with Germany, urging a summit meeting before the summer, following years of hiatus. Washington Post, "France’s Macron wants closer ties with Poland on EU," 3 Feb. 2020 The group Albina Vision Trust has called for a wholesale neighborhood revival and an expansion of green space in inner North and Northeast Portland. oregonlive, "Historically racist housing policies exacerbating climate change effects in low-income Portland neighborhoods," 20 Jan. 2020 Yet Porter lives on in such recordings of single songs more than in the spasmodic revival of shows that often need heavy rewriting to exist onstage at all. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Pleasure and Pain of Being Cole Porter," 13 Jan. 2020 Watch out Lizzie McGuire fans, things haven't been going as planned for the new revival. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "The "Lizzie McGuire" Reboot Has Paused Production in Order to Go Into a "Different Creative Direction"," 10 Jan. 2020 Local and state officials laid the groundwork for a possible revival after Bethlehem’s colossal mills closed completely in 1998. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "What the Rebirth of This Old Steel Center Means for Trump," 9 Jan. 2020 Recent versions of the 1934 classic won Tony Awards in 1987 and 2011 for best musical revival and best choreography. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Pearland High’s ‘Anything Goes’ aims for Tune Awards," 23 Dec. 2019 Three-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler is the film's choreographer, previously serving as the choreographer for the musical's stage revival. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "'Cats': Everything We Know So Far About the Film Adaptation," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of revival

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Revival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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