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

resuscitation \ ri-​ˌsə-​sə-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce resuscitation (audio) , ˌrē-​ \ noun
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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About 10 million babies a year world-wide are born not breathing, and six million of those need to be resuscitated. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 18 Sep. 2018 Ford resurrected the Ranger and Bronco badges; Toyota resuscitated the Supra. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 Chevy Blazer Test Drive: What Happened When GM Tried To Make the Crossover Cool," 4 Feb. 2019 The real message of the anonymous senior official’s odd Trump-bashing op-ed in the New York Times is that the Republican rehabilitation cycle that resuscitated the party from the presidency of George W. Bush has already begun. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Republicans are preparing to disavow Trump if he fails — then come back and try the same policies," 6 Sep. 2018 The government succeeded in suffocating the flare-up in part by shutting off key social media and messaging apps, but the lesson was clear: The same oxygen that can resuscitate commerce can also give breath to potential revolt. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "‘Halal’ internet means more control in Iran after unrest," 28 Jan. 2018 In a Skype call, Mr. Howard told Ms. McDougal the covers and columns would help resuscitate her modeling career. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Donald Trump Played Central Role in Hush Payoffs to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal," 9 Nov. 2018 Instead, Paul Phillips, a former finance professional, came on as the head of the event. Upping the safety standards, enlisting better quality drivers, and marketing the TT as an X Games-like event helped resuscitate the TT. Kyle Swenson,, "Motorcycle racing's 'most dangerous' event is underway and a rider is already dead," 1 June 2018 Stetzer, who helped resuscitate Briggs with CPR, noted his bosses cleared him of wrongdoing and praised him for his actions at the time of the incident. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Prison workers were promoted after teen inmate suicide attempt that is costing nearly $19 million," 27 Apr. 2018 Otterman, who Akron Police resuscitated Thursday using four doses of Narcan, resigned from the board on Monday. Jennifer Conn, Akron Reporter,, "Akron School Board moves forward to fill John Otterman's vacant seat," 25 Jan. 2018

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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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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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