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 resuscitate (audio) \ adjective

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The 16th century was a good one for words ending in the suffix -ate. Not only did our featured word, resuscitate, breathe life into the English language but so did the verbs anticipate ("to give advance thought, discussion, or treatment to"), eradicate ("to do away with completely"), estimate ("to esteem" or "to appraise"), and perpetuate ("to make perpetual"). It was a good century for words about words, too—vocabulary, quip, and hearsay all premiered as well.

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 Park rangers flew to the location by helicopter, but efforts to resuscitate Kelley were unsuccessful, the statement said. Dakin Andone, CNN, 27 Mar. 2022 The spending in the United States was also encouraged by government relief programs that mailed checks to households, part of a record-setting effort to resuscitate the economy. Arkansas Online, 26 Dec. 2021 The spending in the United States was also encouraged by government stimulus programs that mailed checks to households, part of a record-setting effort to resuscitate the economy. New York Times, 5 Dec. 2021 Many of the efforts to resuscitate post-Katrina New Orleans were deeply personal, with families making remarkable sacrifices to rebuild the economy and education, much less the roads, bridges, and buildings of the city itself. Marshall Ingwerson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Sep. 2021 His wife, identified as Suzannah, called paramedics, who were not able to resuscitate him. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 7 Mar. 2022 The current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has not been able to resuscitate the core of al Qaeda. Peter Bergen, CNN, 3 Feb. 2022 The efforts of a local physician to resuscitate As’ad in the courtyard of the under-construction house were unsuccessful. Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2022 After months of delays, the European Union, Iran and the U.S. announced Wednesday that indirect talks to resuscitate the deal would resume on Nov. 29 in Vienna. Fox News, 4 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Resuscitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resuscitate. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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