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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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Examples from the web for resurrect
  • Experts now believe a concentrated breeding program could resurrect the species.
  • If you believe in him enough to resurrect him at all, then surely you must accept that he's still alive.
  • If you think he's a myth, it would be difficult to resurrect him at all.
  • They want to drive us out of here and then resurrect a dictatorship of one kind or another.
  • So get a load of this and, seriously, they got to resurrect this idea.
  • It will neither resurrect the past nor return me to it.
  • Politicians, even those who hold views antipathetic to his own, resurrect his memory in their speeches.
  • The protectionist attempt to resurrect the neighborhood as a cultural unit only supports this bureaucratic imperialism.
  • For similar reasons, it would be futile to resurrect the rhetoric of early-twentieth-century social democracy.
  • If he was smart, he would put himself in rehab and get well and healthy and try to resurrect his career.
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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