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 new resort is resurrected on the site of the oldest building in Little Cottonwood Canyon, dating to the silver rush of the 1880s, and bears some resemblance to the previous resort, 1941’s original Snowpine Lodge. Jordan Riefe, Orange County Register, "All snow, all the time at Utah’s new ski paradise for diehards," 31 Oct. 2019 Miami’s run game has also been resurrected courtesy of Walton, who is averaging a team-leading 4.6 yards per attempt average on his 30 carries. Omar Kelly,, "Brian Flores on Dolphins’ improvement: ‘We’re at the point where [we’re getting] closer and closer and closer’," 21 Oct. 2019 Now Fortnite has been resurrected, with a clean slate, as Fortnite Chapter 2. Wired, "Riot Games Makes More Than Just League of Legends Now," 18 Oct. 2019 Yet at least in one aspect of this incident, James is behaving exactly like Jordan, whose infamous alleged quote was resurrected Monday with a slight change in wording to fit the priorities of a tarnished king. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: For LeBron James, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere … except in China," 15 Oct. 2019 The 1930s are eerily resurrected, in form and content. Austin Grossman, The Atlantic, "Monocles Were Never Cool," 13 Oct. 2019 Its residents---long dead and gone---will be resurrected for the day to tell the stories of their lives during the annual Tales of the Tombstones Cemetery Walk. Felicia Dechter,, "Cemetery comes alive as actors play long-dead Oak Park characters," 9 Oct. 2019 Lizzie McGuire is being resurrected right in front of our eyes. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How Hilary Duff’s Colorist Created Her Lizzie McGuire Blonde Hair," 27 Sep. 2019 Unfortunately, at the same time an old and rotten idea is being resurrected—rent controls. The Economist, "Rent control will make housing shortages worse," 19 Sep. 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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Last Updated

12 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Resurrect.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 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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