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[ri-surj] /rɪˈsɜrdʒ/
verb (used without object), resurged, resurging.
to rise again, as from desuetude or from virtual extinction.
Origin of resurge
1565-75; < Latin resurgere to rise again, appear again, equivalent to re- re- + surgere to lift up, raise, variant of surrigere (sur- sur-2 + -rigere, combining form of regere to direct, rule) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for resurge
  • Were central bankers to lose their guard, inflation could soon resurge.
  • Some sinks take water under certain conditions, and resurge it at others.
British Dictionary definitions for resurge


(intransitive) (rare) to rise again from or as if from the dead
Word Origin
C16: from Latin resurgere to rise again, reappear, from re- + surgere to lift, arise, surge
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Word Origin and History for resurge

1887 in modern use, back-formation from resurgent. The verb also was in use in 17c., from Latin resurgere, but it became obsolete. An older verb form was resourd (mid-15c.). Related: Resurged; resurging.

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