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 formsres·ur·rec·tor, nounun·res·ur·rect·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resurrect

Contemporary Examples of resurrect

Historical Examples of resurrect

  • 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
(tr) to bring back into use or activity; reviveto resurrect an ancient law
(tr) to renew (one's hopes, etc)
(tr) 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