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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How to resurrect the passion buried under suburban haze? Richard Brady, National Review, "Valley of the Shadow," 31 Aug. 2019 What are photographs but gateways into parallel realms, memories resurrected, passageways into the familiar? Jason Parham, WIRED, "Depth of Field: The Movie Poster Brexit Deserves," 22 Aug. 2019 Comanche THQ Nordic loves resurrecting old games, eh? Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "The 18 biggest game reveals from Gamescom's first-ever keynote—including Kerbal Space Program 2," 19 Aug. 2019 Not so good is resurrecting the Scat Pack bee badge and putting it on the decklid where the R/T designation was. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Dodge plays to muscle car niche with power, technology," 16 Aug. 2019 After 4 days Lazarus rose from the grave, but physicists here at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) are resurrecting a massive particle detector by lowering it into a tomblike pit and embalming it with a chilly fluid. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Resurrected detector will hunt for some of the strangest particles in the universe," 8 Aug. 2019 The beer resurrects brewery founder Fred Karm's 1996 homebrew recipe. Marc Bona,, "Beer calendar: Oak Fest 2019, Brewnuts-Saucy Brew Works pairing, collaborations, more," 29 July 2019 Becoming a defender has resurrected Thompson’s career at age 23. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Does San Jose have the best soccer team in America?," 26 July 2019 After many were ready to proclaim their untimely death, romantic comedies have resurrected with a vengeance. Caroline Framke,, "TV Review: Hulu’s ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’," 25 July 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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3 Sep 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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