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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
First recorded in 1765-75; back formation from resurrection
Related forms
resurrector, noun
unresurrected, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • And vampires are things I'd like to see drowned so deep they can't ever resurrect.

    The Heart of Unaga Ridgwell Cullum
  • I have dared to resurrect an extinct tribe for the purposes of fiction.

    Brothers of Peril Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • But look here, old chap, you look a bit cheap; we'll resurrect you to start with.

    War's Brighter Side Julian Ralph.
  • From those cells we can resurrect any one of whom we have an identification plate.

    The Victor Bryce Walton
  • If we need Einstein, why don't we resurrect him, deal with him as a man?

    The Big Time Fritz Reuter Leiber
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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