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 resuscitate (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 This two-way deal with the Warriors represents an opportunity for Bell to resuscitate his NBA career with the team that started it. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors to put Juan Toscano-Anderson on 15-man roster, sign Jordan Bell," 7 May 2021 Echols laid motionless on the ground until his teammates pretended to do CPR to resuscitate him. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "New York Jets fans, here's what you need to know about NFL Draft pick with viral highlight," 1 May 2021 The interviews with European families took place before indirect talks between Iran and the U.S. began in Vienna to resuscitate the 2015 deal. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Families of Europeans imprisoned in Iran accuse governments of kowtowing to Tehran," 30 Apr. 2021 The pediatric critical care team rushed in to resuscitate her. Robert Pearl, Forbes, "Doctors Can’t Cope With Anguish Of Covid-19 Casualties," 19 Apr. 2021 In her preface to the documentary, Hillary Clinton calls attention to the dire situation of theaters, like CSC, which are struggling to resuscitate themselves after being dark for so long. Los Angeles Times, "Stephen Sondheim & John Weidman’s ‘Assassins’ gathers a killer roster of performers," 16 Apr. 2021 How did technology, luck and a kind of curatorial mania combine to resuscitate such astonishing, magical moments? Jesse Green, New York Times, "Reanimating ‘Cabaret,’ One Frame at a Time," 14 Apr. 2021 His human allies resolve to explode a vehicle directly on his chest to help resuscitate him. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "AMC Theatres got a lifeline from “Godzilla vs. Kong”," 6 Apr. 2021 But if new coordinator Dan Quinn can resuscitate this defense to just the average level, Dallas should run away with the NFC East. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: 2021 free agency, pre-draft trades boost Rams, 49ers, Cowboys," 1 Apr. 2021

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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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17 May 2021

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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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