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 29-year-old has been tasked with resurrecting Uganda’s program, moonlighting as the national team's head coach while churning hours in Dallas as part of the Mavericks’ video team. Jake Fischer,, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 Jurassic Park’s solution for resurrecting dinosaurs. Darren Griffin, Scientific American, "Jurassic World: Can We Really Resurrect a Dinosaur?," 6 June 2018 Founder Arthur Mitchell launched the company in 1969 in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He and his supporters never gave up hope of resurrecting the company. David Lyman,, "For first time in 17 years, Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to Cincinnati," 3 May 2018 The 1984-92 series, based on Cosby’s stories of his life as a husband and father, topped the Nielsens for more than half its run and was credited not only with reviving NBC’s flagging fortunes but with resurrecting the sitcom genre. Ellen Gray,, "Cosby's fall from public grace more than a made-for-TV tragedy," 26 Apr. 2018 The barrier reef’s ability to resurrect itself is encouraging. The Economist, "Australia’s coral barrier reef keeps dying and coming back," 31 May 2018 Amid fans' begging — and the general trend toward classic TV show reboots these days — the series was resurrected this past year. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Big News: Trading Spaces Got Renewed For Another Season," 31 May 2018 The show became bleaker, exploring the aftermath of Buffy’s death and her deep unhappiness that her friends used magic to resurrect her. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Marti Noxon Wants to Put Angry Women on TV," 15 May 2018 Still, Carollo won the city commission race, resurrecting a political career that had burned down in flames more than 15 years prior. David Smiley, miamiherald, "How the Castros can still move the needle in Miami elections | Miami Herald," 10 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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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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