Definition of resuscitate in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈsəsəˌtāt/


[with object]
1Revive (someone) from unconsciousness or apparent death: an ambulance crew tried to resuscitate him
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  • Again she tried to resuscitate her, performing CPR or anything else she thought would work.
  • The life support machine clicked about attempting to resuscitate him, but to no avail.
  • Swiftly the man who saved the young Morgan went through the process of resuscitating him, breathing air back into the boy's body, trying to get his lungs working again, in hopes of getting the water out of him.
bring around, revive, bring back to consciousness;
give CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) to, give the kiss of life to
1.1Make (something such as an idea or enterprise) active or vigorous again: measures to resuscitate the ailing Japanese economy
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  • He said his ministry was concerned at the demise of industries in the country and would try to put up measures that would help resuscitate them.
  • George's writing is best viewed as an attempt to correct the flaws of classical political economy and to resuscitate it.
  • He however spoke highly of musicians for their efforts in resuscitating Zambian music saying ‘It is good that everybody is doing their best in our industry.’
revive, resurrect, restore, regenerate, revitalize, breathe new life into, reinvigorate, rejuvenate, stimulate



Pronunciation: /rəˈsəsəˌtādiv/
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  • Understanding family members' experiences and needs during resuscitative attempts will help us, as nurses, to formulate plans that consistently and therapeutically incorporate the family into these attempts.
  • Emergency medications, suction apparatus, and resuscitative equipment should be readily available, and the perioperative RN should be able to intervene should an adverse reaction occur.
  • For infants born outside the labour ward, resuscitative efforts should concentrate on keeping the infant warm, maintaining a clear airway, administering oxygen, and applying facemask ventilation.


Pronunciation: /rəˈsəsəˌtādər/
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  • And the charity plans to add to the scanner with new incubators, infant warmers, breast pumps and resuscitators totalling over £60,000.
  • Mechanically operated beds have been replaced by electronic ones while the trust has purchased new drip stands, heart resuscitators, baby weighing scales, Zimmer frames and walking sticks.
  • The cash raised has gone towards buying an infant resuscitator.


Early 16th century: from Latin resuscitat- 'raised again', from the verb resuscitare, from re- 'back' + suscitare 'raise'.

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Syllabification: re·sus·ci·tate

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