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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 resurrected
  • The deadliest flu strain in history has been resurrected.
  • But a new skin patch has resurrected the drugs from obscurity.
  • Animals near extinction have been resurrected through conservation efforts and education.
  • This, say critics, is why his government has resurrected a bill to put different time limits on legal proceedings.
  • Moreover, a forgotten legal history may be resurrected.
  • Large corps that get resurrected from stagnation often do so by decentralizing.
  • This, say critics, is why his government has resurrected a bill to put different sorts of time limits on trials and appeals.
  • Um, this appears to be a zombie thread resurrected by a spamming plastic surgeon.
  • As of last night there were a couple of day-old posts before mine, the one that resurrected the thread and one follow-up.
  • We already have several donut threads, all waiting to be resurrected for your sensual pleasure.
British Dictionary definitions for resurrected


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 resurrected



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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