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

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That puts huge pressure on Shinzo Abe’s government in its efforts to resuscitate the economy. Washington Post, "A U.S.-China Currency War Would Do Some Serious Damage," 18 Sep. 2019 But the home birth turned traumatic when the baby boy, nicknamed Ozzy, came out with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and attempts by the midwife to resuscitate him at home were unsuccessful. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, "Lake Bell's Son Wasn't Breathing After His Traumatic Arrival: Why Home Births Can Be Risky," 23 July 2019 After attempts to resuscitate Tellovelasco, emergency responders pronounced him dead at the scene. oregonlive.com, "California man drowns trying to save daughter at North Fork Park," 19 July 2019 Esparza laid Sierra on the bed and tried to do chest compressions and rescue breathing to resuscitate her, according to the account Torres gave police. Dylan Mcguinness, Houston Chronicle, "Mother, boyfriend traveled to Galveston while 5-year-old girl’s body was left in closet," 7 Sep. 2019 Tom and Kari Whitehead had been told to consider a do-not-resuscitate order for their unconscious daughter. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 Prison staff tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead about 6:45 p.m., officials said. Alex Wigglesworth, latimes.com, "Cop killer and two-time death row inmate dies in his cell at San Quentin," 9 July 2019 Emergency responders found a pulse and unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate the patient, the report said. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A judge has ordered the city of Baton Rouge to turn over a psychological evaluation for the officer who shot and killed Alton Sterling," 6 Aug. 2019 That puts huge pressure on Shinzo Abe’s government in its efforts to resuscitate the economy. Los Angeles Times, "Column: A yuan-dollar currency war would do some serious damage," 5 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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resuscitate

verb

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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