restoration to life, consciousness, vigor, strength, etc.
restoration to use, acceptance, or currency: the revival of old customs.
a new production of an old play.
a showing of an old motion picture.
an awakening, in a church or community, of interest in and care for matters relating to personal religion.
an evangelistic service or a series of services for the purpose of effecting a religious awakening: to hold a revival.
the act of reviving.
the state of being revived.
Law. the reestablishment of legal force and effect.

1645–55; revive + -al2

nonrevival, noun
prerevival, noun, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
revival (rɪˈvaɪvəl)
1.  the act or an instance of reviving or the state of being revived
2.  an instance of returning to life or consciousness; restoration of vigour or vitality
3.  a renewed use, acceptance of, or interest in (past customs, styles, etc): a revival of learning; the Gothic revival
4.  a new production of a play that has not been recently performed
5.  a reawakening of faith or renewal of commitment to religion
6.  an evangelistic meeting or service intended to effect such a reawakening in those present
7.  the re-establishment of legal validity, as of a judgment, contract, etc

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Word Origin & History

"the bringing of an old play back to the stage," 1660s (see revive); first used in a religious sense by Cotton Mather, 1702; revivalist is first attested 1820.
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Cultural Dictionary

revival definition

In Christianity, an energetic meeting intended to “revive” religious faith. Common among fundamentalists, these meetings are characterized by impassioned preaching and singing.

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Example sentences
Without government support, carmakers will rely on the revival in economic
  growth to propel business.
Today, commercialized dance contests and annual festivals celebrate the
  indigenous art and music revival.
Still, urban planners now tout its revival as the fastest downtown turnaround
  anywhere in the country.
Gonaives road work inevitably leads to booming commercial business revival.
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