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resurrect

[rez-uh-rekt]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to raise from the dead; bring to life again.
  2. to bring back into use, practice, etc.: to resurrect an ancient custom.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to rise from the dead.
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Origin of resurrect

First recorded in 1765–75; back formation from resurrection
Related formsres·ur·rec·tor, nounun·res·ur·rect·ed, adjective
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Related Words for resurrect

restore, rouse, rejuvenate, energize, renovate, renew, revitalize, resuscitate, recover, rekindle, repair, strengthen, relieve, reanimate, arouse, rally, animate, quicken, console, solace

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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

resurrect

verb
  1. to rise or raise from the dead; bring or be brought back to life
  2. (tr) to bring back into use or activity; reviveto resurrect an ancient law
  3. (tr) to renew (one's hopes, etc)
  4. (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

v.

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.

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