a. The act or an instance of reviving: the revival of a person who fainted.
b. The condition of being revived.
2. A restoration to use, acceptance, activity, or vigor after a period of obscurity or quiescence: a revival of colonial architecture; a revival of the economy.
3. A new presentation of an old play, movie, opera, ballet, or similar production.
a. A time of reawakened interest in religion.
b. A meeting or series of meetings for the purpose of reawakening religious faith, often characterized by impassioned preaching and public testimony.
5. Restoration to validity of something lapsed or set aside, such as a legal claim or status.
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