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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Once gold pickings became slim, miners were forced to dig deeper and deeper and open new mining shafts, resurrecting the ghostly tales of the mountain’s supernatural force. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "History & Heritage: Tipping Our Hat to the Wildest Ride in the Wilderness," 15 Sep. 2019 The job of resurrecting UCLA might be too tough for even him. Joseph Goodman, al, "Muschamp not ready for Tua; Jalen goes to Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2019 Once a beloved Grateful Dead bar, the intimate Black Box resurrected its Capitol Hill haunt into a formidable dark horse in the club scene. Dylan Owens, Billboard, "Where to Dance In: Denver," 10 Sep. 2019 However, Cattaneo's latest, the eminently entertaining Military Wives, has every chance — just like in any Hollywood rise-fall-rise-again movie — of resurrecting the British director's stock again. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Military Wives': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 First-year coach Vic Fangio faces an uphill climb in resurrecting Denver back to conference relevancy, especially in a division with two legitimate Super Bowl contenders in the Chiefs and Chargers. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "AFC Preview: Patriots still have Tom Brady, but conference could go through Chiefs or Chargers," 5 Sep. 2019 The season 1 Roswell, New Mexico finale ended in tragedy when alien Max (Nathan Dean Parsons) died while resurrecting Liz’s sister Rosa (Amber Midthunder). Ruth Kinane,, "Roswell, New Mexico adds Grand Hotel actress Justina Adorno to cast in recurring role," 26 Aug. 2019 And following the success of Venom, producer Amy Pascal said that Sony was resurrecting old plans to bring the Sinister Six to the big screen. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "What the Future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Looks Like Without Spider-Man," 22 Aug. 2019 As Harris’s backtracking on busing made clear, no one is seriously considering resurrecting the deeply unpopular policies of the 1970s. John Mccormack, National Review, "Why Kamala Harris Is Fading in the Democratic Primary," 21 Aug. 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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15 Oct 2019

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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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