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 veteran German artist and filmmaker uses archival audio clips and vintage visuals to resurrect the old Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood and the Latin Quarter. John Benson, cleveland, "‘There is No Evil’ and ‘Us Kids’ top this week’s streaming movies at Cleveland Cinemas and Cinematheque," 12 May 2021 In the medieval city of Tinnis, on Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, a prophet was legendary for his ability to cure lepers and resurrect the dead. Anna Della Subin, The New York Review of Books, "The Rules of the Confidence Game," 11 May 2021 There aren’t a ton of magical arms waiting in the minors to resurrect the bullpen. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Delving into the numbers during the 5-15 skid," 11 May 2021 The group plans to resurrect a national seafood council, a move recommended by NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Council last July. Anchorage Daily News, "Anticipation builds for official start of Alaska’s 2021 salmon season," 10 May 2021 Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Jacob Siegal, BGR, "Everything coming and going on Netflix: Week of May 9th," 9 May 2021 They’re also expected to resurrect talks for a free-trade agreement that were dropped in 2013. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz, "India’s PM will meet with leaders of all 27 EU countries to talk about … trade?," 7 May 2021 Recently both parties decided to resurrect the practice. Adam Andrzejewski, Forbes, "New Earmarks Costing Taxpayers $10 Billion Proposed By 324 Members Of Congress – Is There Wasteful Spending?," 6 May 2021 Belmont and Sypha investigate plans to resurrect the notorious vampire. Ben Flanagan |, al, "New on Netflix May 2021," 1 May 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Resurrect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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