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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The hit crime drama, which ran from 1993-2005, is the next series to receive a revival, with Deadline reporting that ABC has signed on to a pilot production of the show. Megan Stein, Country Living, "The 'NYPD Blue' Reboot Is Killing Off a Major Character When It Returns," 18 Oct. 2018 The '80s hair accessory is having yet another revival with the help of YouTube star Emma Chamberlain. Devon Abelman, Allure, "YouTube Star Emma Chamberlain's Velvet Grandma Scrunchie Sold Out in Just 29 Minutes," 7 Aug. 2018 The news comes as downtown Detroit sees a revival, with real estate booming and more companies attracting a young workforce from the surrounding suburbs. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "Ford taps Snøhetta to design new downtown Detroit campus," 26 June 2018 Recently, Detroit has been experiencing something of a revival, with millennials relocating to Motor City to take advantage of cheap housing and a growing art scene. Michael Hardy, WIRED, "Moonlit Photographs of Detroit's Resilience," 20 June 2018 This year, his story has been having something of a revival, with a BBC radio documentary by crime writer Denise Mina and Margalit Fox’s splendid new book Conan Doyle For the Defense. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, "Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective," 14 June 2018 But reviving the revival -- with cast members like John Goodman and Laurie Metcalf -- would help some cast and crew avoid the unemployment ranks. Brian Stelter, CNN, "'Roseanne' is done, but the Conner family may not be," 30 May 2018 Lynyrd Skynyrd headlined in 2012, and that year saw a revival of the old times, with 12 p.i. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Carb Day 2018 fun report: All the day's happenings, from the lighter side," 25 May 2018 Buy Photo For a moment, the Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, Fla., seemed on the cusp of a revival, with new out-of-town owners presenting themselves as specialists at resuscitating moribund retail centers. Jacob Adelman,, "Owner of former Echelon Mall, called 'slumlord' in Fla., taps overseas cash to become nation's biggest mall buyer," 9 May 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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