Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to. See Synonyms at revive.
  • intransitive v. To regain consciousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.
  • v. To regain consciousness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Restored to life.
  • transitive v. To revivify; to revive; especially, to recover or restore from apparent death
  • intransitive v. To come to life again; to revive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stir up anew; revivify; revive; particularly, to recover from apparent death: as, to resuscitate a drowned person; to resuscitate withered plants.
  • To revive; come to life again.
  • Restored to life; revived.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. return to consciousness
  • v. cause to regain consciousness

Etymologies

Latin resuscitāre, resuscitāt- : re-, re- + suscitāre, to stir up (sus-, sub-, sub- + citāre, to move violently, frequentative of ciēre, to set in motion; see kei-2 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin resuscitatus, past participle of resuscitare ("to raise up again, revive"), from re- ("again") + suscitare ("to raise up"), from sub- ("up, under") + citare ("to summon, rouse"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • We need a discussion about how the western economies have been transformed to manufacturers in to a credit driven society -- and simply attempting to "resuscitate" credit is not in any way adequate.

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  • This morning, I found myself going through old shoes in the closet, seeing which ones I could "resuscitate" with new shoe laces.

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  • Mr. Lee sees corporate and foreign direct investment as the major forces to "resuscitate" the local economy.

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  • While there's a chance SAP will try to "resuscitate" NetWeaver development in an effort to catch up to those rivals, "the likelihood of this happening is very low," Rymer added.

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  • Besides cracking down on customs fraud and illegal imports, government would use its trade policies, including tariffs to create and "resuscitate" certain industries, such as the clothing and textile sector which was struggling to compete with cheaper Chinese imports.

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  • The very names of these drinks alone can—in spite of any cognitive damage provoked by their overconsumption—resuscitate all-too-vivid memories of specific social occasions.

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  • It was a grievous mistake for Quentin Tarantino to resuscitate the rotting carcass of Travolta's career, and this unforgivable travesty of a film, among others, is the result of that unforgivable sin against humankind.

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  • When his pulse faded, one Marine tried to resuscitate him by pressing against his chest; Sgt.

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