res·​ur·​rect | \ˌre-zə-ˈrekt \
resurrected; resurrecting; resurrects

Definition of resurrect 

transitive verb

1 : to raise from the dead

2 : to bring to view, attention, or use again

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Examples of resurrect in a Sentence

The story is about a scientist who claimed that he could resurrect the dead. He is trying to resurrect his acting career. an old government program that is being resurrected
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The outfit was resurrected from Scott's fall 2001 collection, according to Harper's BAZAAR. Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Wore a Money Trench Coat and Matching Boots to a Party Last Night," 28 Sep. 2018 Prince's quote was resurrected in February when word leaked that Justin Timberlake was rumored to be performing with a Prince hologram at his Super Bowl 52 halftime show in Prince's hometown, Minneapolis. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "He's been dead for 30 years. But he's coming in concert to South Florida," 10 July 2018 It was resurrected in 2014, one of several major reforms adopted in recent years by voters and the Legislature in an attempt to make the state more governable. George Skelton,, "The November election just got a lot less confusing for California voters," 2 July 2018 The minimum wage proposal had been defeated in the Senate earlier this year but was resurrected under a new bill that cleared the Senate late Saturday by one vote, followed by a similar one-vote margin several hours later in the House. Washington Post, "Delaware lawmakers wrapping up session with flurry of bills," 1 July 2018 It was resurrected in 2015 and held again the following year, with such corporate sponsors as the Majestic Star Casino, Centier Bank and Boeing. Gregory Tejeda, Post-Tribune, "Efforts to resurrect air show begin in Gary," 22 June 2018 After nearly collapsing during World War II, the ensemble was resurrected by John Barbirolli, who used it as an escape from an unhappy spell at the New York Philharmonic in 1943. David Allen, New York Times, "A Critic’s First Orchestra Defines Britain’s Musical Soul," 15 June 2018 Time Out Chicago had launched in 2005 with a weekly print magazine and an online presence, but went digital-only in 2013; in 2015 the print magazine was resurrected as a quarterly. Deanna Isaacs, Chicago Reader, "Do we really need theater critics?," 8 June 2018 Eric is resurrected by a supernatural crow who gives him abilities to stalk down the killers and claim vengeance. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of resurrect

1773, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for resurrect

back-formation from resurrection

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10 Dec 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of resurrect

: to bring (a dead person) back to life

: to cause (something that had ended or been forgotten or lost) to exist again, to be used again, etc.


res·​ur·​rect | \ˌre-zə-ˈrekt \
resurrected; resurrecting

Kids Definition of resurrect

1 : to bring back to life

2 : to bring to view or into use again The band resurrected an old song.

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