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[rez-uh-rekt] /ˌrɛz əˈrɛkt/
verb (used with object)
to raise from the dead; bring to life again.
to bring back into use, practice, etc.:
to resurrect an ancient custom.
verb (used without object)
to rise from the dead.
Origin of resurrect
1765-75; back formation from resurrection
Related forms
resurrector, noun
unresurrected, adjective Unabridged
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  • He was divorced utterly from his past, for there was nothing about him to resurrect in his consciousness a memory of that past.

    Lost Face Jack London
  • I have dared to resurrect an extinct tribe for the purposes of fiction.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • Only once had he dimly imagined her presence, and that was at a moment which his sane mind now refused to resurrect.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • From those cells we can resurrect any one of whom we have an identification plate.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
  • Bates said "it was 'rejuvify'—that is, 'drag out,' 'resurrect.'"

British Dictionary definitions for resurrect


to rise or raise from the dead; bring or be brought back to life
(transitive) to bring back into use or activity; revive: to resurrect an ancient law
(transitive) to renew (one's hopes, etc)
(transitive) (facetious) (formerly) to exhume and steal (a body) from its grave, esp in order to sell it
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Word Origin and History for resurrect

1772, back-formation from resurrection. Related: Resurrected; resurrecting. "The correct form is resurge, which, however, is intransitive only, whereas the verb resurrect can be used both as transitive and intransitive ..." [Klein]. Related: Resurrected; resurrecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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