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 What’s more, according to an ancient myth that the film either resurrects or invents, this ardent girl may be a latter-day incarnation of the Weather Maiden, and therefore a tragic figure who must sacrifice herself for the good of the planet. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Weathering With You’ Review: A Ray of Sunshine," 16 Jan. 2020 The narrative that Bernie Sanders is sexist was set in stone in 2016, and there is nothing more fun than resurrecting the old storylines, sort of like the episodes of Frasier where Lilith came back. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Let Them Fight!," 16 Jan. 2020 But Giants fans could be forgiven if Judge’s hiring resurrects some uncomfortable recent memories. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Giants Agree to Hire Joe Judge as Head Coach," 7 Jan. 2020 Wilson had completions on 26 and 38 yards on Seattle's first touchdown drive -- a nine-play, 82-yard series that broke a 3-3 tie as resurrected running back Marshawn Lynch reached the end zone on a 5-yard run with 1:06 left in the first half. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Vikings, Seahawks win in NFC first-round games," 5 Jan. 2020 There on the snow, a live fish writhes, resurrected. Anchorage Daily News, "The Alaska blackfish is in a class of its own," 28 Dec. 2019 For the first time in years, out-of-the-box ideas for resurrecting the industry are on the table, among community leaders in small towns and at the corporate boardroom level. Washington Post, "Ghost papers and news deserts: Will America ever get its local news back?," 26 Dec. 2019 This decade's discovery of rare blood, urine and tissue in ancient remains encouraged some scientists to think about cloning and resurrecting extinct species. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Exoplanets, black holes, human ancestors and new dinosaurs: The 2010s were stellar for space and science discoveries," 20 Dec. 2019 Palpatine is just one of many characters resurrected for the sake of paying homage to the Lucas films. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Why It's Problematic That Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Retcons the Plot of The Last Jedi," 20 Dec. 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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22 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Resurrect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 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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to assert without proof or before proving

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