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 Black Lives Matter movement and Critical Race Theory foment racial antagonism and resurrect xenophobia. Paul H. Rubin, WSJ, 5 Oct. 2021 Syncing with the increasing potency of Coltrane's saxophone, Condo would hurl paint at the canvas, then demolish and resurrect the human forms that appeared in its wake. CNN, 30 Sep. 2021 Enter the scientists of the BioRescue international consortium, which is developing techniques to resurrect the northern white rhinos, including in vitro fertilization. The Christian Science Monitor, 27 Sep. 2021 The Colts hoped new scenery would resurrect the 2017 version of Carson Wentz, who helped lead the Eagles in the regular season on a run to a title. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2021 Abbott did not ask lawmakers to resurrect that legislation in the coming special session. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 In fact, Trump was so obviously posturing that his opponents in the 2016 Republican primary scarcely bothered to resurrect it. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 15 Sep. 2021 Purdue and Notre Dame resurrect their football rivalry Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Sep. 2021 But sometimes the pigweed can appear to resurrect itself even after an application of paraquat: Nicolet recalled a recent instance in which the weeds appeared to die, only to start growing again a few days later. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Resurrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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