re·​viv·​al ri-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce revival (audio)
: an act or instance of reviving : the state of being revived: such as
: renewed attention to or interest in something
: a new presentation or publication of something old
: a period of renewed religious interest
: an often highly emotional evangelistic meeting or series of meetings
: 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 His immediate revival of the defense was one of the top storylines, earning him a $50,000 bonus after the Bruins finished the regular season No. 11 in the nation in total defense by giving up just 299 yards per game. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2023 The pair recently attended Broadway's Spamalot revival to support Grande’s boyfriend Ethan Slater and SNL alum Taran Killam. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 1 Dec. 2023 Yet not everyone in this state is welcoming the revival of lithium mining. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Also in the ’80s, Shelmerdine became chairman of SelecTV, a pioneer in cable and PPV in the U.K., and produced a revival of Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone at CBS. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Nov. 2023 Thanks to a slew of restaurant and boutique openings, and the revival of longtime local favorites, Culver City is undergoing a full-fledged renaissance. Annie Archer, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2023 Editor’s picks Pearson’s Azusa Conferences, which were inspired by the 1906 revivals that took place on Azusa Street in Los Angeles, were a hybrid of preaching and music. Meagan Jordan, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2023 While allowing that nostalgia may have its artistic uses, in the inspiration those revivals provide, the author doesn’t really consider its psychological utility. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 20 Nov. 2023 As Urie, 43, spoke with PEOPLE recently about his starring role in the Broadway revival of Spamalot, the actor recounted seeing Ferrera, 39, in her Barbie role as Gloria this summer. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of revival was in 1651

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Cite this Entry

“Revival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​viv·​al ri-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce revival (audio)
: a reviving of interest (as in art, literature, or religion)
: a new presentation or publication (as of a book, play, or movie)
: a new growth or increase
a revival of business
: a meeting or series of meetings conducted by a preacher to arouse religious emotions or to make converts

Legal Definition


re·​vi·​val ri-ˈvī-vəl How to pronounce revival (audio)
: an act or instance of reviving

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