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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Recent Examples on the Web The surge is the result mostly of leisure travel from other parts of the state and the West, not a revival of the city’s convention business, city officials said. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Oct. 2021 Now Ross’ daughter, Liberty Ross, is spearheading a Flipper’s revival. Marc Malkin, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 Investors’ clamor for all things musical is understandable, but risks drowning out unresolved tensions in the industry’s revival. Carol Ryan, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2021 But, ironically, society’s exclusion of chuetas proved to be the key to Judaism’s revival in Mallorca, historians say: because they were not allowed to intermarry freely with the Christian population, chuetas married among themselves. Cnaan Liphshiz,, 21 Sep. 2021 The removal of the no-deal Brexit risk alone has turned fuel into fire and helped build immense momentum for the city’s grand revival. Dan Zakai, Forbes, 21 June 2021 Jones was victimized by a porous defense after having put together a string of consistent play that has been as much a part of San Jose’s revival as anything. Ross Mckeon, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Apr. 2021 In one funny scene, Lewis, the street-smart lawyer, recalls a revival-like WeWork gathering at a New York event space. Lizzie Widdicombe, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2021 The upcoming revival will run for a limited 15-week engagement. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of revival

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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“Revival.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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