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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To many close observers, no small measure of credit for this revival rests with LeBron James, the Akron native who led the Cavaliers to the NBA championship in 2016–Cleveland’s first title in any major sport in more than 50 years. Sean Gregory/cleveland, Time, "“It's Time.” The Cleveland Browns Are Ready to Start Winning," 22 Aug. 2019 The Fringe picked the show for a revival based on its past success. Matthew J. Palm,, "’The Animatronicans’: Orlando Fringe fave returns with double-header, theme-park meetup," 29 July 2019 And with this summer marking the 50th anniversary of the Manson Family Murders and the tragic death of Sharon Tate, the catalyst for the revival is a secret to no one. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "From Lucy Boynton to Jorja Smith, Here’s How It Girls Are Embracing the ’60s Beauty Revival," 18 July 2019 The Villalobos’ revival of Orange Glen baseball is, in Matt Villalobos’ own words, still a work in progress. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Baseball on the rise at Orange Glen," 13 June 2019 Queen Anne homes, which were popular in the U.S. from the 1880s until around 1920, are theoretically a revival of the style du jour during the actual reign of Queen Anne (1702 to 1714), but there is very little resemblance in practice. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About Victorian Homes," 6 Nov. 2018 Cynthia Erivo is known for her astonishing 2015 Broadway revival performance of The Color Purple. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "Essence Fashion House: Quincy Brown and Cynthia Erivo Talk The Intersection Between Fashion And Film," 31 Aug. 2019 In the age of reboots, reunions, and revivals, Beverley Mitchell wants in on the action. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Beverley Mitchell wants a 7th Heaven reboot," 30 Aug. 2019 Bell stopped by People Now on Monday and opened up about the possibility of a Drake & Josh revival. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Drake Bell and Josh Peck Have 'Discussed the Possibility' of a Drake & Josh Revival," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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