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

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 Farr said the Air Force is following the lead of the city of Fairfield, which has also opposed efforts to resuscitate the housing. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "302 Fairfield housing units sit vacant. Why? Air Force won't turn the water on," 8 Feb. 2021 Contributors resuscitate heroines like Toypurina, the Tongva medicine woman who tried to lead an uprising in the early days of California’s mission system. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, "Column: This Mexican nerd’s guide to coronavirus lockdown reading," 6 Dec. 2020 Passion for the work overtook the urge to resuscitate her romantic life, especially with the memory of her former partner’s arrest still lingering. New York Times, "After Two Dating Apps and 98 First Dates, Something Was Different About the 99th," 29 Jan. 2021 The cruise line released preliminary fourth-quarter results on Monday that did little to resuscitate its tattered share price. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Carnival’s Wave Season Should Lift Its Shares," 14 Jan. 2021 Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are to continue to try to resuscitate in the field until a pulse can be restored, after which a patient could be stabilized and taken to a hospital. oregonlive, "L.A. hospitals ‘having to make very tough decisions about patient care’ as COVID-19 cases soar," 5 Jan. 2021 Paramedics and emergency medical technicians are to continue to try to resuscitate in the field until a pulse can be restored, after which a patient could be stabilized and taken to a hospital. Anchorage Daily News, "L.A. County ambulance operators told not to bring patients to hospital if survival chances are low," 5 Jan. 2021 Patients whose hearts have stopped and, despite attempts to resuscitate, show no sign of breathing or movement, should be determined dead at the scene and should not be transported, the memo said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, "'Care now has to be rationed': Los Angeles COVID-19 spike is crushing hospitals," 5 Jan. 2021 When the child stopped breathing en route, Overton tried to resuscitate him. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Murder by omission or conviction by design?," 9 Dec. 2020

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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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22 Feb 2021

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“Resuscitate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/resuscitate. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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