Definition of resurrect in US English:



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

    ‘he was dead, but he was resurrected’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it seemed he was resurrected, as though he were never dead.’
    • ‘In consequence of these destructive acts, Enkidu dies, and Gilgamesh is left to wander half-crazed, searching in vain to resurrect his beloved friend.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Miraculously resurrected, the hero of such tales often comments about the " long sleep " he has enjoyed.’
    • ‘They are sleeping, but they shall wake up, they shall be resurrected.’
    raise from the dead, restore to life, bring back to life, revive
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    1. 1.1 Revive the practice, use, or memory of (something); bring new vigor to.
      ‘the deal collapsed and has yet to be resurrected’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Peter Bowler has spent years resurrecting old and forgotten words that are spectacularly precise in their meaning.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her work includes identifying local herbs and spices, plus resurrecting centuries-old harvesting and curing methods that preserve and regenerate rain forests.’
      • ‘The applicants in these two cases are certainly not asking to resurrect that argument.’
      • ‘Her blog was recently resurrected in a more subdued incarnation, but it still brings the traffic.’
      • ‘Now his nation is falling over itself to resurrect its tourist industry.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Skal Club of Pattaya was recently resurrected after having been dissolved in 1982.’
      • ‘It is a story of hope, the hope in which we gather, a hope that resurrects and renews our spirits.’
      • ‘The magazine has been in dire trouble before, though, so let's hope it somehow gets resurrected again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When we first heard about Jonathan Pontell's book, Generation Jones, we dismissed it as yet another attempt to resurrect an old debate.’
      • ‘For the trip inspired him to resurrect the long forgotten ballet Daphnis and Chloe from the Diaghilev repertoire of those heady days.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ultimately, he finds himself, and resurrects his career after an evangelical transformation.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.