Definition of resurrect in English:



[with object]
  • 1Restore (a dead person) to life.

    ‘he queried whether Jesus was indeed resurrected’
    • ‘But it seemed he was resurrected, as though he were never dead.’
    • ‘By the tune of her voice, you might have thought she was just told that her dead family was resurrected.’
    • ‘The plot sinks into absurdity, as dead people are resurrected and the Beast is exposed as a mechanical porcupine.’
    • ‘In consequence of these destructive acts, Enkidu dies, and Gilgamesh is left to wander half-crazed, searching in vain to resurrect his beloved friend.’
    • ‘Miraculously resurrected, the hero of such tales often comments about the " long sleep " he has enjoyed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are sleeping, but they shall wake up, they shall be resurrected.’
    • ‘In trying to save the kid, Eddie dies, but the medallion resurrects him with a few curious after-effects - he now has superhuman powers and cannot be killed.’
    raise from the dead, restore to life, bring back to life, revive
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    1. 1.1 Revive or revitalize (something that is inactive, disused, or forgotten)
      ‘the deal collapsed and has yet to be resurrected’
      • ‘Ultimately, he finds himself, and resurrects his career after an evangelical transformation.’
      • ‘Her work includes identifying local herbs and spices, plus resurrecting centuries-old harvesting and curing methods that preserve and regenerate rain forests.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Peter Bowler has spent years resurrecting old and forgotten words that are spectacularly precise in their meaning.’
      • ‘The Skal Club of Pattaya was recently resurrected after having been dissolved in 1982.’
      • ‘This trend is about to produce some even more startling attempts to either resurrect the great TV detectives of the past or to revive interest in some long-running shows.’
      • ‘He successfully resurrects a forgotten figure in the history of the church, no small feat considering Sherwood wrote under several pseudonyms in numerous state papers and had a wider range of interests than mere theology.’
      • ‘It is a story of hope, the hope in which we gather, a hope that resurrects and renews our spirits.’
      • ‘Now his nation is falling over itself to resurrect its tourist industry.’
      • ‘The applicants in these two cases are certainly not asking to resurrect that argument.’
      • ‘Fresh from wowing audiences from Belfast to Brazil, Pauline Goldsmith arrives with Bright Colours Only, her smash-hit show that resurrects the Irish wake tradition.’
      • ‘The magazine has been in dire trouble before, though, so let's hope it somehow gets resurrected again.’
      • ‘One of five works on paper comprising the remainder of the show, Spiral Jetty visually resurrects Robert Smithson's monumental 1970 earthwork in vivid inks, acrylics and pencil.’
      • ‘Shorto resurrects him from obscurity and portrays him as the early merchant pioneer who introduced the key notions of pluralism and personal liberty to what was then known as New Amsterdam.’
      • ‘In spring 2002 the company resurrected Robert Joffrey's innovative multimedia ballet, Astarte, a psychedelic work that had raised a storm at its premiere.’
      • ‘The two shows dug deep into archival troves and directed viewers and art historians toward an expansion of both sources and resources, resurrecting artists and specific works from historical oblivion.’
      • ‘He had been all but ignored during his career and was resurrected only a decade after it by tiny yet earnest coteries scattered around Europe and America.’
      • ‘Her blog was recently resurrected in a more subdued incarnation, but it still brings the traffic.’
      • ‘When we first heard about Jonathan Pontell's book, Generation Jones, we dismissed it as yet another attempt to resurrect an old debate.’
      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
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Late 18th century: back-formation from resurrection.