resuscitate

verb

re·​sus·​ci·​tate ri-ˈsə-sə-ˌtāt How to pronounce resuscitate (audio)
resuscitated; resuscitating

transitive verb

: to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness
also : revitalize
resuscitative adjective

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The 16th century was a good one for words ending in the suffix -ate. Not only did our featured word, resuscitate, breathe life into the English language but so did the verbs anticipate ("to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to"), eradicate ("to do away with completely"), estimate ("to esteem" or "to appraise"), and perpetuate ("to make perpetual"). It was a good century for words about words, too—vocabulary, quip, and hearsay all premiered as well.

Examples of resuscitate in a Sentence

The patient stopped breathing but doctors were able to resuscitate him. she hopes to resuscitate the currently defunct charity organization
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Word History

Etymology

Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare to reawaken, from re- + suscitare to rouse, from sub-, sus- up + citare to put in motion, stir — more at sub-, cite

First Known Use

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of resuscitate was in 1532

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Cite this Entry

“Resuscitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resuscitate. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

resuscitate

verb
re·​sus·​ci·​tate ri-ˈsəs-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce resuscitate (audio)
resuscitated; resuscitating
1
: to bring back from apparent death or from unconsciousness
2

Medical Definition

resuscitate

transitive verb
re·​sus·​ci·​tate ri-ˈsəs-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce resuscitate (audio)
resuscitated; resuscitating
: to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness
resuscitate a nearly drowned person by artificial respiration

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