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re- +‎ birth


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ɹiˈbɜːθ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ɹiˈbɝθ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)θ


rebirth (plural rebirths)

  1. Reincarnation; new birth subsequent to one's first.
    • 1989, Saral Jhingran, Aspects of Hindu morality, page 35:
      A theistic version of the above doctrine of transmigratory existence is presented best in the Bhagavadgitā which compares the rebirth of the soul in another body to changing of clothes, []
  2. Revival, reinvigoration.
    • 2009, Richard Taruskin, Music in the Nineteenth Century:
      And it was the spread of modern nationalism in the aftermath of Napoleon's defeat that mainly accounted for the nineteenth-century rebirth of the “Handelian” oratorio in Germany, where it had never thrived before, []
  3. Spiritual renewal.
    • 2000, Joseph Stoutzenberger, Celebrating Sacraments, page 132:
      The rebirth of Baptism affirms that Christ the healer shares our life.
    • 2011, Chad T. Pierce, Spirits and the Proclamation of Christ, page 233:
      Rather, in 1 Pet 3:21, those who have experienced rebirth in Christ, presumably through baptism, are promised an eschatological reward.


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rebirth (third-person singular simple present rebirths, present participle rebirthing, simple past and past participle rebirthed)

  1. (transitive) To cause to be born again or spiritually renewed.