From the definition of "resurrect" on Oxford Learner's Dictionaries:

  1. resurrect something
    to bring back into use something such as a belief, a practice, etc. that had disappeared or been forgotten

I can't see the grammatical structure of the bold part.
Is the "use" a verb?
Shouldn't the "into" be "to" instead, if "use" is used as the infinitive?

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It's a noun. In this case it means "the state of being used."

Hence to "bring something back into use" would mean it had been a regular practice, fell out of it, and was brought back.

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    Yes. bring something back into use seems more idiomatic to me than their bring back into use something. Jun 24, 2022 at 0:59
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    Yes, but they wanted to add that stuff about "such as a belief" which could get very awkward in the middle.
    – Mary
    Jun 24, 2022 at 1:00
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    Yes, but that's their job :-) Jun 24, 2022 at 1:06
  • Oh, so the something was the object of bring back. It suddenly makes sense to me. Thanks.
    – catwith
    Jun 24, 2022 at 9:50

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