re·sus·ci·tate | \ri-ˈsə-sə-ˌtāt \
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, ˌrē- \ noun
resuscitative \ri-ˈsə-sə-ˌtā-tiv \ 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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Four minutes later, the doctor adjusted the valve on the oxygen mask in an effort to resuscitate the boy again. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, "A Yemeni toddler fought for his life in a hospital while adults battled each other," 25 June 2018 He was found unconscious by another diver after completing his last mission in the early hours of July 6, but multiple attempts to resuscitate him failed., "These People Helped Keep Thai Soccer Team Alive in Flooded Cave," 11 July 2018 In April Tencent resuscitated its short-video app, Weishi, a year after closing it. The Economist, "A Chinese music-video app is making WeChat sweat," 12 July 2018 Orange County Fire Rescue resuscitated a child who nearly drowned in the pool of the Parc Soleil by Hilton Grand Vacations hotel Thursday afternoon. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Child hospitalized after near-drowning at Orlando Hilton hotel pool," 14 June 2018 That second patient stopped breathing and was resuscitated, and hospital executives said both overdose patients ultimately recovered. Liz Kowalczyk,, "Report faults Children’s Hospital for medication errors," 27 May 2018 Rescue workers couldn't resuscitate the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. CBS News, "Fort Bragg soldier shot dead in dispute with fellow soldier," 23 Mar. 2018 Shout out to #FDNY members from #Station4 - DC Dinorah Claudio, Lt David Cira & EMT Joe Siciliano who resuscitated a patient this morning after receiving a knock on their station door. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Rockets staffer OK after health scare at practice," 5 Feb. 2018 He was resuscitated with Narcan at an airport in Illinois, Metz said. Matt Pearce,, "Conclusion: Prince didn't know he was taking fentanyl; nobody charged in his death," 19 Apr. 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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Phrases Related to resuscitate

mouth-to-mouth resuscitation

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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 \
resuscitated; resuscitating

Kids Definition of resuscitate

: to bring back from apparent death or unconsciousness


transitive verb
re·sus·ci·tate | \ri-ˈsəs-ə-ˌtāt \
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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