Definition of revival in US English:



  • 1An improvement in the condition or strength of something.

    ‘a revival in the fortunes of the party’
    ‘an economic revival’
    • ‘The Kurds, for example, are staging a cultural and linguistic revival.’
    • ‘Boyana Film Studios, housed in a vast complex of buildings and situated in 30 hectares of parkland, has seen a dramatic revival of its fortunes in recent years.’
    • ‘Improvement requires a revival of the basic features of the effective teacher training system which existed before the late 1960s.’
    • ‘Hendry's Reebok team-mate, Leam Richardson, has also played a major role in the revival that has taken Blackpool to the edge of the play-off zone.’
    • ‘We had emerged from a very difficult drought and from a world recession in '83, thanks to the breaking of the drought here and the revival of fortune in the rural industries.’
    • ‘By focusing on cost reduction and cash generation, Lord Hanson brought about a startling revival in the fortunes of many companies that he acquired.’
    • ‘Luther's power lay in these hymns of joy and strength and in his revival of the doctrine of justification by the faith of the individual, implying religious liberty and attacking the scandal of indulgences.’
    • ‘The Consequences of Love, directed by Paolo Sorrentino, is meant to signal a revival in the fortunes of Italian cinema.’
    • ‘A revival of agricultural production in the Delaware and Chesapeake regions followed from increased plantings in the fall of 1780.’
    • ‘Yet it might provide the foundation for a revival in Tory fortunes.’
    • ‘The street, lined with retro wrought-iron lamp posts and redwood benches that speak of an earlier effort at revival, is utterly quiet.’
    • ‘If he plays like that every time he is captain, we are in for a revival of England football fortunes.’
    • ‘Just as the government was proclaiming a ‘jobs revival,’ the labour market was hit by another bombshell.’
    • ‘The great strength of the revival of the movement, and of the left within the movement, has been the desire for unity.’
    • ‘The International Coffee Organization provided funds to Angola for the revival of its coffee production after a long civil war decimated production.’
    • ‘America's environmental revival is a rich and complicated story with many specific exceptions, caveats and, of course, setbacks.’
    • ‘The sad news for those born-again C & A consumers is that this revival of fortunes is too late to save the company, which will take its final curtain after Christmas.’
    • ‘A revival of economic strength is, in my view, the most urgent and realistic task.’
    • ‘This combined in the autumn of 1981 with a revival in the fortunes of the Deutschmark.’
    • ‘The 30-year-old, who is married to a Czech television newscaster, attributes his revival to concentrating on improving his short game.’
    improvement, rallying, picking up, betterment, amelioration, turn for the better
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    1. 1.1 An instance of something becoming popular, active, or important again.
      ‘cross-country skiing is enjoying a revival’
      • ‘On ‘Blues for the Lowlands’ Terry and McGhee show why they became so popular during the folk revival of the 50s.’
      • ‘More significantly, this newfound appreciation of Johnson's work has sparked the latest in a series of blues revivals in North America and Europe.’
      • ‘It's a sort of revival of machine opera from the Baroque period.’
      • ‘Using rubber band tracks, which are currently enjoying a worldwide revival of popularity, would reduce the vulnerability of wheeled vehicles.’
      • ‘The immediate effect would be to create the conditions for a revival of socialism, trade unionism and so on in the mainstream.’
      • ‘Carrot cakes have enjoyed a revival in Britain in the last quarter of the 20th century.’
      • ‘Having lived through it once I am dismayed to see it again; this has to be the fifth 70s revival I've endured.’
      • ‘During the trade mission, Ames and Dieleman visited farmers in northern Uganda where cotton production is undergoing a revival.’
      • ‘The garage rock revival has gotten so much press the last year that critics have had to invent the term New Garage to keep track of bands like The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.’
      • ‘He was a wood engraver - a skilled contributor to the early 20th-century revival of this printmaking technique.’
      • ‘In the 1980s and 1990s, Afro-Peruvian music has witnessed a strong revival and is now popular in the bars and dance halls of Lima.’
      • ‘She dispatched a naval task-force to the islands amidst a revival of popular jingoism, and refused to allow mediation efforts to stand between her and a complete military victory.’
      • ‘Well-designed garden products are enjoying a popular revival at the moment, giving the opportunity to side-step the boring plastic window box.’
      • ‘During the postwar folk music revival, rural musicians faced a similar mixture of adulation and condescension.’
      • ‘So I went to a trendy lounge in my neighborhood on Friday night and decided to partake in the Pabst Blue Ribbon revival.’
      • ‘This is only one in a series of revivals of traditional culture.’
      • ‘And, while it is no longer in its original location, Cotton Club has seen a jazz revival with the renaissance of the Harlem neighborhood.’
      • ‘The alligator shirts and wood-framed handbags are a pure fashion revival, though, with little reference to the original subculture that spawned them.’
      • ‘His novels enjoyed a brief popular revival after the obscenity trial of Lady Chatterley's Lover in 1960, but most of them have fallen off the literary map.’
      • ‘The variety has always seemed to have its origins in Bordeaux, where it has been enjoying a revival in popularity.’
      comeback, bringing back, re-establishment, reintroduction, restoration, reappearance, resurrection, resuscitation, relaunch, reinstallation, regeneration, revitalization, reinvigoration, awakening, rejuvenation, stimulation, rebirth, renaissance, renascence
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    2. 1.2 A new production of an old play or similar work.
      • ‘Suchet leads an all-star cast in a revival of Terence Rattigan's Man and Boy.’
      • ‘On the contrary, the whole vacuous production looks like a revival perfunctorily thrown together by a hack house director.’
      • ‘Instead of a romantic revival, they produce a parody of the original drama.’
      • ‘David Corballis's production was a sterling revival of a classic comedy.’
      • ‘Ironically, as the Savoy venture gets under way, it is the ENO which has unveiled a revival of its production of one of the original Savoy Operas, The Mikado.’
      • ‘And for those of us with long memories of mincing, saccharine productions, this revival is an eye opener.’
      • ‘The troupe ushered in three successful premieres and produced several revivals of note.’
      • ‘As with No 11 buses, so with this early 1939 play by Terence Rattigan: you wait ages for a revival and then two come along at once.’
      • ‘It's a revival of the production that the ROH released on DVD.’
      • ‘The revival of the brilliant Caryl Churchill play Top Girls at the Aldwych is by and large not only a major event but also an evening to make alarm bells ring.’
      • ‘New productions and revivals of several Russian novelties have already been announced by the Met, and to insure idiomatic performances it only makes sense to engage artists who have these operas in their blood.’
      • ‘Last week, Philbin was tapped to host ABC's new revival of ‘This is Your Life.’’
      • ‘A new classical company, Concentric Circles, kicks off with a revival of Racine's Phaedra.’
      • ‘He said the performers were united in a common goal to create a memorable revival of the production, after its long absence from the Bulgarian stage.’
      • ‘Whether they will take a new production or a revival to Lithuania is still undecided, but this, says Hill, is the advantage of an ensemble.’
      • ‘When ENB brought its new revival of this production to the Coliseum, it laudably gave this most demanding role to the young Brazilian first soloist, Fernanda Oliveira.’
      • ‘Ashtarte Productions produce a breathtaking revival of this tragic play.’
      • ‘The Mummers Troupe went from agitprop to revivals of traditional Newfoundland mummers plays, and from there to documentary ‘people's histories’.’
      • ‘With so many works and productions new to the repertory, the revivals are likely to be overlooked.’
      • ‘There is probably no more pertinent a time for a revival of Shakespeare's story of the Trojan war than now.’
    3. 1.3 A reawakening of religious fervor, especially by means of a series of evangelistic meetings.
      ‘the revivals of the nineteenth century’
      ‘a wave of religious revival’
      • ‘But while it may have had some of the earmarks of a religious revival, this movement was rooted firmly in the material world.’
      • ‘A subsequent revival of religious practice led to a return to a more austere form of religion, which fed into political dissatisfaction with the colonial situation.’
      • ‘It was a revivalist movement, or at least it had the atmosphere of a religious revival.’
      • ‘As soon as the suppressive policy relaxed, however, religious revivals burst through the vast land.’
      • ‘Consider the violent mood swings, between ecstasy and despair, that characterized historic religious revivals.’
      • ‘A young student in 1984, he maintains Blue Star and the massacres after Indira Gandhi's assassination created a religious revival among British Sikhs.’
      • ‘But a religious revival also is taking place, and there are signs of development in Ho Chi Minh City.’
      • ‘Studies of religious revivals throughout the former Soviet Union must account for the impact of decades of forced secularization.’
      • ‘In contrast with the other southern cities in revolt, Toulon saw a revival of religious activity under municipal auspices.’
      • ‘There is also a religious revival in France generally: it is a misnomer to think of the 19th Century as a secular age.’
      • ‘Religious revivals swept through Europe and America periodically.’
      • ‘Religious revivals may occur from time to time, particularly when the relatively impious find that their cultural identity under attack.’
      • ‘In other words, the revival of religious millenarianism was a pre-patterned localised response to the social rifts and cultural crisis induced by French colonialism.’
      • ‘Therefore, one can most dramatically see the extent of these religious revivals by comparing levels of affiliation in 1970 to 1995.’
      • ‘Still, Schweitzer must answer the question of why the war did not lead, as many believed it would, to a religious revival.’
      • ‘Thomson's most successful chapter deals with the religious revival, perhaps because the extent and quality of the visual imagery is greatest.’
      • ‘Florence, meanwhile, is in the throes of a religious revival led by the Dominican friar who thunders against vice, female luxuries, and male effeminacy.’
      • ‘The religious revival in modern Islam is a reflection of the pace of social and technological change in the Muslim world, particularly the disruptive effects of a rapid increase in urbanization.’
      • ‘The post-Soviet era has witnessed a revival of religious practice and the introduction of a large number of new religious movements.’
      • ‘The structure and content of religious celebrations, processionals, revivals and regular religious meetings also require analysis.’
    4. 1.4 A restoration to bodily or mental vigor, to life or consciousness, or to sporting success.
      ‘the thunder and lightning affected his revival in the third round’
      • ‘Even today, you still spend three days brain-dead before revival.’
      • ‘After an hour of intense medical attention further revival attempts failed and the children were pronounced dead just after 8pm.’