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)

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web If ten years down the line Netflix—or maybe even some other streaming giant that doesn't even exist yet—comes calling for a revival series, or even a movie, who's to say that Team Ozark would say no? Evan Romano, Men's Health, 30 Apr. 2022 Both Alcindor and Welker look forward to the revival of the WHCD. Essence, 29 Apr. 2022 But admission to that revival, also starring Broadway favorite Sutton Foster, isn’t cheap. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 Freedom is the path to economic revival, thus raising the question if the planning of post-war Europe was the problem. John Tamny, Forbes, 13 Apr. 2022 But the quest for energy with lower emissions is leading to a revival of nuclear energy elsewhere. New York Times, 22 Mar. 2022 Originally signing with only a year to contribute to UAB’s revival, the COVID-19 pandemic provided the now teammates another opportunity to make right what once went wrong. Evan Dudley, al, 5 Mar. 2022 The women were joined, for the first time, by Seema Patel, the glamorous real estate agent played by Sarita Choudhury in the HBO Max revival series. Meredith Blake Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 Jan. 2022 At that time, the star took to social media to announce that the Lizzie McGuire revival series, in which she was set to reprise her signature character as Lizzie navigates her 30s, had been scrapped after shooting two episodes. Ryan Gajewski, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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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 19 May. 2022.

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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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