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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Spotify and newer competitors such as Apple Inc.’s service have resuscitated record labels’ fortunes by enticing fans to pay for music again, after sales were decimated by years of online piracy. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Sirius XM to Buy Pandora in Bet on Streaming Music," 24 Sep. 2018 The beauty world is still resuscitating itself from the sight of Rihanna and her pencil-thin eyebrows on the September cover of British Vogue. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Makeup Artist Alissa Ashley Recreated Rihanna's Vogue Cover and the Resemblance Is Uncanny," 8 Aug. 2018 There may be other explanations for mothers attending their dead calves, like attempting to resuscitate them. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead," 20 June 2018 Denver represents a reasonably attractive platform for Thomas to attempt to resuscitate his market value. Ben Golliver,, "Grades: Isaiah Thomas Can Rejuvenate Career in Nuggets' Low-Risk Gamble," 13 July 2018 Paramedics attempted to resuscitate the man at the scene and on the way to Norwood Hospital, but those attempts were unsuccessful. Thomas Oide,, "Drowning toll rises to 3 in past 2 days," 5 July 2018 In 29 cases, patients were resuscitated against their wishes. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "The story must be told.," 14 June 2018 Reports released at the time said neighbor Bridgett Gatewood, attempted to resuscitate Mohammed Abdelaziz, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, "Woman accused of stabbing, killing nephew in San Antonio, was his lover," 31 May 2018 Attempts to resuscitate the child were unsuccessful and he was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Ohio man accused of fatally stabbing 1-year-old son may have been involved in custody battle," 16 May 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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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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