verb (used with object), re·sus·ci·tat·ed, re·sus·ci·tat·ing.
- to revive, especially from apparent death or from unconsciousness.
- (tr) to restore to consciousness; revive
early 15c., from Old French resuscitation or directly from Late Latin resuscitationem (nominative resuscitatio), noun of action from past participle stem of resuscitare (see 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).
- The act of resuscitating or the state of being resuscitated.
- To restore consciousness, vigor, or life to.