Definition of resurrect in English:


Line breaks: res¦ur|rect
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.

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