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

One path to quick results is to resurrect past agreements. Emre Peker, WSJ, "U.S., EU Trade Teams Seek Fast Results and Big Savings," 21 Oct. 2018 Google is resurrecting the predictive Google Now cards that used to exist in the pre-assistant era, and the company is sticking them in the Google Assistant interface. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google resurrects Google Now’s predictive cards, sticks them in the Assistant," 17 July 2018 At the time Mark Zuckerberg was obsessed with file sharing, and the grand plan for his Silicon Valley summer was to resurrect Napster. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "Sex, Beer, and Coding: Inside Facebook’s Wild Early Days," 10 July 2018 Legacy Records certainly doesn’t look like any other restaurant; Mr. Fulk went to extremes, using some motifs from the 1980s — emphatic grids, metallic finishes, whites and country-club greens — that not everybody is ready to see resurrected. New York Times, "Legacy Records Looks for History in a Brand New Neighborhood," 19 June 2018 If Congress were to resurrect the penalty at some point, would the mandate become constitutional again?, "Why the latest GOP swipe at Obamacare is an assault on logic," 12 June 2018 Other medical centers that have suspended similar programs have taken months or years to resurrect them. Fox News, "Last remaining heart transplant doctor leaves Oregon hospital," 30 Aug. 2018 In its first finale, the series killed off Roseanne's husband, Dan, but resurrected him without a fuss for the March revival. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Roseanne will never change, and that's why her No. 1 show is now canceled," 29 May 2018 Most bankers took one look at the place and the young couple seeking to resurrect it and drew identical conclusions: Impossible. Thomas Farragher,, "A sweet romance in pursuit of their maple-coated dream," 27 Mar. 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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11 Jun 2019

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The first known use of resurrect was in 1773

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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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