Definition of resurrect in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɛzəˈrɛkt/


[with object]
1Restore (a dead person) to life: he queried whether Jesus was indeed resurrected
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  • The plot sinks into absurdity, as dead people are resurrected and the Beast is exposed as a mechanical porcupine.
  • By the tune of her voice, you might have thought she was just told that her dead family was resurrected.
  • The gods of the world are having trouble keeping the demons at bay, and so they come up with a last-ditch scheme - to resurrect a dead hero.
raise from the dead, restore to life, bring back to life, revive
1.1Revive or revitalize (something that is inactive, disused, or forgotten): the deal collapsed and has yet to be resurrected
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  • In continental Europe, by contrast, where the past is everywhere and every small city has an opera house, forgotten works are resurrected with hardly a nod to the text of the original.
  • For the trip inspired him to resurrect the long forgotten ballet Daphnis and Chloe from the Diaghilev repertoire of those heady days.
  • The applicants in these two cases are certainly not asking to resurrect that argument.
revive, restore, regenerate, revitalize, breathe new life into, give the kiss of life to, give a new lease of life to, reinvigorate, renew, resuscitate, awaken, wake up, rejuvenate, stimulate, re-establish, relaunch, reinstitute
archaic renovate


Late 18th century: back-formation from resurrection.

  • surge from Late Middle English:

    Early examples of surge mean a fountain or stream, with the verb meaning ‘rise and fall on the waves’, and ‘swell with great force’. The word comes from Latin surgere ‘to rise’, found also in resurrection (Middle English) ‘to rise again’, and insurrection (Late Middle English) ‘to rise up’.

Words that rhyme with resurrect

affect, bisect, bull-necked, collect, confect, connect, correct, defect, deflect, deject, detect, direct, effect, eject, elect, erect, expect, infect, inflect, inject, inspect, interconnect, interject, intersect, misdirect, neglect, object, perfect, project, prospect, protect, reflect, reject, respect, sect, select, subject, suspect, transect, unchecked, Utrecht

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