If something experiences a revival, that means it’s once again popular or important. If a news story mentions a revival in the technology industry, that means the industry, having gone through a slump, is once again thriving.

Revival literally means "come back to life." An ER doctor might perform a revival of someone whose heart has stopped. We usually use it to mean "returned to glory, importance, or strength." Fresh paint and new flowerbeds might mean your neighborhood is experiencing a revival. If you don't like spiky hair, you may cringe at the revival of the mohawk in fashion magazines. Revival has a religious sense too, referring to a meeting that reawakens religious excitement and passion.

Definitions of revival

n bringing again into activity and prominence

“the revival of trade”
“a revival of a neglected play by Moliere”
“the Gothic revival in architecture”
resurgence, revitalisation, revitalization, revivification
show 5 types...
hide 5 types...
Renaissance, Renascence, rebirth
the revival of learning and culture
the activity of spiritual or physical renewal
a revival from inactivity and disuse
the act of reviving a person and returning them to consciousness
CPR, cardiac resuscitation, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, kiss of life, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
an emergency procedure consisting of external cardiac massage and artificial respiration; the first treatment for a person who has collapsed and has no pulse and has stopped breathing; attempts to restore circulation of the blood and prevent death or brain damage due to lack of oxygen
Type of:
advance, betterment, improvement
a change for the better; progress in development

n an evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion

revival meeting
Type of:
mass meeting, rally
a large gathering of people intended to arouse enthusiasm

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.