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 opportunity to resurrect Reconstruction and protect African American citizenship was lost when Garfield was assassinated just a few months after taking office. Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Outsized Role of the President in Race Relations," 8 Oct. 2020 Coaches and administrators from all of the CIC schools agree to resurrect the tournament and hold it Thursday and Friday. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "The on-again, off-again CIC tennis championships are on again," 8 Oct. 2020 While Donato will get a chance to rebuild his career in San Jose, Dubnyk will try to resurrect his. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Breaking down a busy Monday in Minnesota hockey," 6 Oct. 2020 And so, after enormous public outcry, Doyle was forced to resurrect his literary detective in 1903 for what would be more than 30 additional short stories and two novels. Mike Scott,, "Millie Bobby Brown plays Sherlock's sister and the game is afoot once more – with a twist," 29 Sep. 2020 The job of figuring out how to resurrect things in the fall fell to de la Torre, an economist and administrator who had been recruited from UC Davis. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Faculty sharply question Adela de la Torre’s handling of SDSU’s COVID-19 crisis," 26 Sep. 2020 Sure, a new tenant might come along to resurrect it with some sort of brewery or a barbecue joint. Keith Pandolfi, The Enquirer, "Rest in peace, Sky Galley. Thanks for the memories.," 22 Sep. 2020 This might be a time to resurrect old friendships, too, those that might have faded with geographical separation, a fact now irrelevant in a time when everyone is distanced. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "How Can I Avoid Feeling Lonely When All My Friends Are Coupled Up?," 21 Sep. 2020 Some schools have seen their efforts to resurrect college sports marred by Covid-19 infections. Maggie Fox, CNN, "As coronavirus skyrocketed in the US, so did stress and depression," 20 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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