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verb (used with object), re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing.
  1. to revive, especially from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
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Origin of resuscitate

1525–35; < Latin resuscitātus (past participle of resuscitāre to reawaken), equivalent to re- re- + sus- sus- + cit(āre) to move, arouse (see cite1) + -ātus ate1
Related formsre·sus·ci·ta·ble [ri-suhs-i-tuh-buh l] /rɪˈsʌs ɪ tə bəl/, adjectivere·sus·ci·ta·tion, nounre·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjectivenon·re·sus·ci·ta·ble, adjectivenon·re·sus·ci·ta·tion, nounnon·re·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·ta·ble, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·tat·ed, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·tat·ing, adjectiveun·re·sus·ci·ta·tive, adjective
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Related Words

restore, energize, invigorate, rejuvenate, resurrect, revitalize, save, enliven, renovate, enkindle, arouse, awaken

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British Dictionary definitions for resuscitate


  1. (tr) to restore to consciousness; revive
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Derived Formsresuscitable, adjectiveresuscitation, nounresuscitative, adjective

Word Origin

C16: from Latin resuscitāre, from re- + suscitāre to raise, from sub- up from below + citāre to rouse, from citus quick
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Word Origin and History for resuscitate


early 15c., "revive, restore," from Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare "rouse again, revive," from re- "again" (see re-) + suscitare "to raise, revive," from sub "(up from) under" (see sub-) + citare "to summon" (see cite). Intransitive use from 1650s. Related: Resuscitated; resuscitating. Earlier was resuscen "restore (someone) to life, resurrect" (c.1400).

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resuscitate in Medicine


  1. To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.
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