res·​ur·​rect | \ˌre-zə-ˈrekt \
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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On the runways for the past 18 months, brands have made a habit of resurrecting archive items to commercial and Instagram success. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s Grunge Collection for Perry Ellis Is Back! See Every Look," 7 Nov. 2018 Besides SpaceX, Blue Origin, the United Launch Alliance, and Boeing are anchor tenants that have resurrected the spaceport (even before some of them launched anything from the cape). Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral's Legendary Launchpad Is Ready for Astronauts Once More," 16 Aug. 2018 Then he was benched by the Bulls before being resurrected to brief postseason success that was cut short by injury. Rohan Nadkarni,, "Buyer Beware: Five Pricey Free Agents to Avoid," 27 June 2018 Prior to Lakota West, Rooks had resurrected a Wyoming team that was 2-19 in 2012. Scott Springer,, "Matt Rooks steps down as Lakota West boys basketball coach," 11 Apr. 2018 The project was resurrected by the Marine Corps with BAE Systems as the contractor. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "A-10 Warthogs Now Carry Laser-Guided Rockets," 15 June 2016 The 29-year-old has been tasked with resurrecting Uganda’s program, moonlighting as the national team's head coach while churning hours in Dallas as part of the Mavericks’ video team. Jake Fischer,, "George Galanopoulos's Unlikely Journey From Basketball Dreamer to Uganda Head Coach," 13 June 2018 Jurassic Park’s solution for resurrecting dinosaurs. Darren Griffin, Scientific American, "Jurassic World: Can We Really Resurrect a Dinosaur?," 6 June 2018 Founder Arthur Mitchell launched the company in 1969 in the wake of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He and his supporters never gave up hope of resurrecting the company. David Lyman,, "For first time in 17 years, Dance Theatre of Harlem comes to Cincinnati," 3 May 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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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 \
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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