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
Recent Examples on the Web The efforts to resuscitate the economy after the 2008 financial crisis by the Bush and Obama administrations started out with narrow public approval ratings in polls only to become unpopular within a few months. Laura Litvan,, "Virus Lockdowns Are Reshaping Election Fight for Senate Control," 8 May 2020 Wanda was able to throw up much of the drug, but Gary couldn’t be resuscitated, said Dr. Daniel Brooks, Banner Poison and Drug Information Center medical director. Fox News, "Police investigating case of Arizona man who died after ingesting fish tank cleaner," 30 Apr. 2020 Chief White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said President Trump is planning another round of tax cuts as part of a comprehensive fiscal blueprint to resuscitate an economy ravaged by the coronavirus. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Kudlow: Trump plans injection of tax cuts to cure coronavirus-ravaged economy," 23 Apr. 2020 Despite several state leaders announcing their intention to reopen, over the weekend many civilians held protests across the country demanding to be let back to work to try and resuscitate the economy. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Governors say testing still isn't adequate enough to lift restrictions while US death toll tops 40,000," 20 Apr. 2020 Second, Wisconsin’s economy must be resuscitated as quickly and dynamically as possible. Dan Adams And Brian Fraley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Gov. Tony Evers and Wisconsin's Republican leaders should confront coronavirus together," 20 Apr. 2020 His 2020 candidacy was resuscitated by black voters in South Carolina and across the South on Super Tuesday. John A. Farrell, The New Republic, "TNR Newsletters. Must reads. 5 days a week.," 16 Apr. 2020 At the time the paper was published, half the patients had died, which included four patients who had a do-not-resuscitate order on admission. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "Ventilators Aren’t Going to Cure COVID-19. Here’s What They Can Do.," 15 Apr. 2020 Health providers are balancing life-and-death decisions on many levels, from considering universal do-not-intubate or do-not-resuscitate orders for severely ill Covid-19 patients to rationing ventilator care. Laurie Zephyrin, STAT, "The challenges of giving birth in the time of Covid-19," 10 Apr. 2020

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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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16 May 2020

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“Resuscitate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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


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


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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