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recuperate

verb re·cu·per·ate \ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt, -ˈkyü-\

: to return to normal health or strength after being sick, injured, etc.

: to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.)

re·cu·per·at·edre·cu·per·at·ing

Full Definition of RECUPERATE

transitive verb
1
:  to get back :  regain
2
:  to bring back into use or currency :  revive <recuperate old traditions>
intransitive verb
:  to regain a former state or condition; especially :  to recover health or strength
re·cu·per·a·tion \-ˌkü-pə-ˈrā-shən, -ˌkyü-\ noun

Examples of RECUPERATE

  1. She took a day off to recuperate.
  2. <half the office was out today, many employees being sick or recuperating from the flu>

Origin of RECUPERATE

Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare — more at recover
First Known Use: 1542

Rhymes with RECUPERATE

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RECUPERATE Defined for Kids

recuperate

verb re·cu·per·ate \ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt, -ˈkyü-\
re·cu·per·at·edre·cu·per·at·ing

Definition of RECUPERATE for Kids

:  to regain health or strength
Medical Dictionary

recuperate

verb re·cu·per·ate \ri-ˈk(y)ü-pə-ˌrāt\
re·cu·per·at·edre·cu·per·at·ing

Medical Definition of RECUPERATE

transitive verb
:  to get back or recover <recuperating health and strength after pneumonia>
intransitive verb
:  to recover health or strength <time to recuperate after major surgery>

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