res·​ur·​rect | \ ˌre-zə-ˈrekt How to pronounce resurrect (audio) \
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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Recent Examples on the Web The idea for the dirt bike park would be resurrected in December 2019. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "2017, the year the opioid crisis peaked in Northeast Ohio: Biggest stories of the 2010s," 24 Dec. 2019 Patou has gotten a major celebrity endorsement since being resurrected by luxury conglomerate LVMH last year. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Puckers Up to Patou," 12 Dec. 2019 The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 dropped Sunday and revealed that Wonder Woman’s love interest, who died in the original film, has somehow been resurrected. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything We Know About Wonder Woman 1984," 9 Dec. 2019 In the end, Pure Michigan fell victim to the budget knife and is unlikely to be resurrected. Kathleen Gray, Detroit Free Press, "No talk or money for fixing roads, or Pure Michigan campaign in tentative budget deal," 6 Dec. 2019 In 2018, just the second year after the football program was resurrected, the Blazers won the Conference USA title. Anna Beahm |, al, "Legion Field: Future unsure after century of history," 29 Nov. 2019 Vanity Fair was folded into Vogue in 1936, not to be resurrected again until the wealth-worshipping 1980s. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Transformation of Condé Nast," 21 Oct. 2019 Formerly known as Ray Garrison, Bloodshot is a soldier resurrected by a team of scientists and turned into a superhuman killing machine. Derek Lawrence,, "Vin Diesel brings Bloodshot to life in brutal first trailer," 20 Oct. 2019 The subject of a series of film serials in the late 1930s, the character was resurrected for weekly television in the 1970s and was the subject of both a feature film in the mid-aughts and a failed CBS pilot in 2016. Michael Callahan, Marie Claire, "The Timely Return of Nancy Drew," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of resurrect was in 1773

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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurrect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce resurrect (audio)

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 How to pronounce resurrect (audio) \
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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