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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He was simply fired from the studio, whereas ABC cancelled the Roseanne revival entirely, affecting many more people. Graeme Mcmillan, The Verge, "What James Gunn’s firing says about the rising stakes of social media," 1 Aug. 2018 Will and Grace nabbed five 2018 Emmy nominations for its revival season, including best supporting actress for Megan Mullally who plays standout Karen Walker on the NBC sitcom. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Megan Mullally Disappointed in 'Will and Grace' Comedy Series Snub," 12 July 2018 As played in the revival, the score carries us through the show’s emotional arc. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic, "How Do Carousel and My Fair Lady Fare in 2018?," 8 July 2018 Its revival season had some truly bad moments, but some of its episodes were as funny, insightful and emotionally rich as the show in its heyday. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "How to Save ‘The Conners’ From Roseanne," 22 June 2018 Roseanne Connor, the lead character in the ABC sitcom that became a megahit in its first revival season this year, is a different person from Roseanne Barr. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Roseanne Barr’s racist Twitter remark undercuts the Americans she tried to lift up on her show," 29 May 2018 What’s more, the larger progressive push for a revival and reinvigoration of antitrust enforcement is an important corrective to a regulatory landscape that has become much too permissive in the 21st century. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Why criticism of Amazon isn’t sticking," 11 Dec. 2018 In a new interview Keiko Agena, who played Lane Kim on the hit show, says there's enough material for another Gilmore Girls revival—specifically, focusing on Rory's pregnancy. Emily Wang, Glamour, "Keiko Agena Says There's Enough Story for Another Gilmore Girls Revival," 14 Sep. 2018 The Facts of Life Leonardo DiCaprio and Jessica Biel are said to be the producers behind this revival. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Reba, Magnum P.I., Last Man Standing: Which TV Reboots Do You Actually Want?," 9 Aug. 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 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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an act or instance of returning to life

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