Putting a creature from the graveyard into play is called Reanimation. It is primarily used on black cards. However, white also has frequently used this ability and localized abilities such as Persist have also given this ability to green.
Due to the availability of cheap reanimation spells, decks based around this mechanic with the goal of efficiently putting a large creature card such as Akroma, Angel of Wrath or Sutured Ghoul into the graveyard by discarding or milling it and putting them into play from there have seen widespread tournament play. However, in recent years reanimation spells have been costed at a higher rate putting a damper on their efficiency and with that their tournament viability.