[ ri-suhs-i-teyt ]
/ rɪˈsʌs ɪˌteɪt /

verb (used with object), re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing.

to revive, especially from apparent death or from unconsciousness.

Nearby words

  1. resurrection plant,
  2. resurrectionary,
  3. resurrectionism,
  4. resurrectionist,
  5. resurvey,
  6. resuscitation,
  7. resuscitator,
  8. resveratrol,
  9. reszke,
  10. reszke, jean de

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 forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for resuscitate

British Dictionary definitions for resuscitate


/ (rɪˈsʌsɪˌteɪt) /


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

Word Origin for resuscitate

C16: from Latin resuscitāre, from re- + suscitāre to raise, from sub- up from below + citāre to rouse, from citus quick

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for resuscitate


[ rĭ-sŭsĭ-tāt′ ]


To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.