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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. 2017.
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  • Who could say whether it was the woman herself or the resurrected spirit of their youth?

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • The ear trumpet was resurrected from the interior of the vehicle.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • An uncomfortable variation of his dream of the resurrected first-floor crossed his mind.

    Somehow Good William de Morgan
  • In February he resurrected the question but that time he was put off by the typhus.

  • The corpse of a ship, she seemed, resurrected from the grave of the sea.

    Isle of the Undead Lloyd Arthur Eshbach
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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