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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Another story is the continuing revival of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, largely vanquished last summer by the Carr Fire. Tom Stienstra,, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 But the main reason for the revival of interest is probably the determination of a group of scientists. The Economist, "Magic mushrooms, illegal in most places, may have therapeutic uses," 7 June 2019 NBCGetty Images Friends co-creator Marta Kauffman did a retrospective interview with Rolling Stone, and said once again that there will be no revival of the show. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "We're Definitely Never Ever Getting a 'Friends' Revival, and This Is Why," 13 Mar. 2019 Sure, the ’90s are back in fashion, from underarm bags to Gwyneth Paltrow–worthy maxi skirts, but this is one trend revival that is not only posh but also quite practical. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Don’t Go to a Winter Wedding Without One of These Style-Saving Coats," 14 Jan. 2019 So, yes, this is the television show revival of my dreams. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The CW Releases Second Trailer for "Roswell, New Mexico" Series," 9 Dec. 2018 Other standouts on the network's lineup include the Murphy Brown revival, which will air later in the week. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "CBS Announced Its Fall TV Lineup, Including 'Blue Bloods' and 'Murphy Brown'," 10 July 2018 While the film was previously adapted into a 1972 stage production by Wilder and Jule Styne, the musical in development isn’t a revival and instead will be a new adaptation. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, "‘Some Like It Hot’ Is Broadway Bound," 14 May 2018 Organizers created the event in 2012 to bolster the city’s reputation and support what had been an artistic revival in the city. Marco Santana,, "Orlando artist at Sanford show finds burned-down iconic tree The Senator as useful medium," 5 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 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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