To resuscitate is to revive a person who has lost consciousness. In recent years it's become important for people to learn CPR so that they might resuscitate someone who loses consciousness, and many schools and hospitals offer classes in CPR.

The Latin word suscitāre, "to raise," combines with re-, "again," to create the base of the verb resuscitate. Through the years, methods of resuscitation have advanced to the current sophisticated and effective levels of cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, and defibrillation paddles that can shock a heart back to life. In fact, some patients nowadays ask to sign a "do not resuscitate" (DNR) order to allow them to die without medical interventions like resuscitation.

Definitions of resuscitate
  1. verb
    cause to regain consciousness
    synonyms: revive
    come to, revive
    return to consciousness
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    boot, bring up, reboot
    cause to load (an operating system) and start the initial processes
    raise, resurrect, upraise
    cause to become alive again
    type of:
    bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to
    return to consciousness
  2. verb
    return to consciousness
    synonyms: come to, revive
    animate, quicken, reanimate, recreate, renovate, repair, revive, revivify, vivify
    give new life or energy to
    cause to regain consciousness
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    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
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