- 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.
- the act or an instance of reviving or the state of being revived
- an instance of returning to life or consciousness; restoration of vigour or vitality
- a renewed use, acceptance of, or interest in (past customs, styles, etc)a revival of learning; the Gothic revival
- a new production of a play that has not been recently performed
- a reawakening of faith or renewal of commitment to religion
- an evangelistic meeting or service intended to effect such a reawakening in those present
- the re-establishment of legal validity, as of a judgment, contract, etc
1650s, “act of reviving;” 1660s, “the bringing of an old play back to the stage,” from revive + -al (2). First in sense “general religious awakening in a community” by Cotton Mather, 1702; revivalist is first attested 1812.
In Christianity, an energetic meeting intended to “revive” religious faith. Common among fundamentalists, these meetings are characterized by impassioned preaching and singing.