[ ri-surj ]
/ rɪˈsɜrdʒ /

verb (used without object), re·surged, re·surg·ing.

to rise again, as from desuetude or from virtual extinction.

Nearby words

  1. resupination,
  2. resupine,
  3. resupply,
  4. resurface,
  5. resurgam,
  6. resurgence,
  7. resurgent,
  8. resurrect,
  9. resurrection,
  10. resurrection fern

Origin of resurge

1565–75; < Latin resurgere to rise again, appear again, equivalent to re- re- + surgere to lift up, raise, variant of surrigere (sur- sur-2 + -rigere, combining form of regere to direct, rule) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resurge

  • At his words of authority concerning the girl I loved I felt a resurge of the old suspicion and jealousy.

    City of Endless Night|Milo Hastings
  • It is the years of boyhood and youth which resurge in my consciousness; their tints are vivid, their tones are clear.

    Ghetto Tragedies|Israel Zangwill
  • Potch lifted her hand to his lips, a resurge of the virile male in him moving his restraint.

    The Black Opal|Katharine Susannah Prichard

British Dictionary definitions for resurge


/ (rɪˈsɜːdʒ) /


(intr) rare to rise again from or as if from the dead

Word Origin for resurge

C16: from Latin resurgere to rise again, reappear, from re- + surgere to lift, arise, surge

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Word Origin and History for resurge



1887 in modern use, back-formation from resurgent. The verb also was in use in 17c., from Latin resurgere, but it became obsolete. An older verb form was resourd (mid-15c.). Related: Resurged; resurging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper