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
Recent Examples on the Web The boy's family had requested medical attention for the child while aboard the ship, but attempts to resuscitate him were not successful. Fox News, "Boy, 12, dies on family cruise in Mediterranean, parents quarantined," 26 Oct. 2019 There were fractures and moderate bleeding on Mr. McMillon’s ribs, but the medical examiner wrote that was consistent with attempts to resuscitate him. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "Officials Called It a Heart Attack. Inmates Saw a Bloody Beating.," 24 Oct. 2019 Police found the victim in full cardiac arrest and were not able to resuscitate him. Katie Reilly, Time, "Penn State Suspends Fraternity as Police Investigate 17-Year-Old's Death in Off-Campus House," 23 Oct. 2019 After attempts to resuscitate him failed, Masters was pronounced dead. Lucas Manfield, Los Angeles Times, "Killing of patient, allegations of dangerous care haunt South L.A. psychiatric hospital, investigation finds," 9 Oct. 2019 And should anyone on site go down with a heart attack, as has happened, the on-site providers can be there immediately to resuscitate them. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "The doctor is in — in your office, that is, and the result is better health," 1 Mar. 2018 Trump said that his tariffs would resuscitate American industry and create many new jobs. Leo Hindery Jr. For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Tariffs are hurting Americans. Here are other ways Trump can punish China," 11 Sep. 2019 Dwight Howard, Lakers: There’s always some chance that Howard stays healthy, does all the right things, and resuscitates his career. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Top 100 NBA Players of 2020: Biggest Snubs," 9 Sep. 2019 All of that is on top of the main attention-grabber of the 2020 census so far — a citizenship question that was nixed by the Supreme Court, dropped by the Trump administration, resuscitated briefly and then abandoned again. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Greatest head count in US history is nearly ready for launch," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of resuscitate was in 1532

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resuscitate

verb
How to pronounce resuscitate (audio)

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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