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.

verb (used without object)

  1. to rise from the dead.


  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

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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