resuscitate

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

Definition of resuscitate

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from resuscitate

resuscitative \ ri-​ˈsə-​sə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce resuscitative (audio) \ adjective

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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London seized on Persechino’s finding that Garner had no external markings on his neck and suggested that internal damage might have been caused by efforts to resuscitate him — a point Persechino conceded. Wesley Lowery, Washington Post, "‘I can’t breathe.’ Five years after Eric Garner died in struggle with New York police, resolution still elusive.," 13 June 2019 Owners of struggling malls have added medical clinics, offices, even amusement-park rides in an effort to resuscitate a fading retail model. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Chinese Company Tries a Fresh Concept to Revive a New York Mall," 22 July 2018 Saman Gunan, a former Thai SEAL, passed out underwater and efforts to resuscitate him failed. Times Staff, latimes.com, "A curious soccer team, a flooded Thai cave and a perilous trek to safety," 8 July 2018 Kunan passed out and efforts to resuscitate him failed. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Who was the former Thai navy SEAL who died during cave rescue operations to save soccer team?," 6 July 2018 Seg yells after an accident requires Adam to resuscitate him. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "In season 2, Krypton keeps viewers guessing," 12 June 2019 Do-not-resuscitate orders are binding medical orders, signed by a physician. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 14 June 2018 Officers and medics tried to resuscitate Gren, but he was pronounced dead at Orlando Regional Medical Center. Gal Tziperman Lotan, OrlandoSentinel.com, "State rests case in trial of man accused of killing towing business owner," 21 June 2018 Despite all of this, perhaps our beautiful wedding-on-a-boat had just been a way to try to resuscitate a dying relationship. Kate Evans, Woman's Day, "After Being with a Woman for 15 Years, I Married a Man," 7 July 2016

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First Known Use of resuscitate

1532, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for resuscitate

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

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resuscitate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of resuscitate

: to bring (someone who is unconscious, not breathing, or close to death) back to a conscious or active state again

resuscitate

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

Kids Definition of resuscitate

: to bring back from apparent death or unconsciousness

resuscitate

transitive verb
re·​sus·​ci·​tate | \ ri-ˈsəs-ə-ˌtāt How to pronounce resuscitate (audio) \
resuscitated; resuscitating

Medical Definition of resuscitate

: to revive from apparent death or from unconsciousness resuscitate a nearly drowned person by artificial respiration

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