re·​cu·​per·​ate | \ ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio) , -ˈkyü-\
recuperated; recuperating

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

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recuperation \ ri-​ˌkü-​pə-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce recuperation (audio) , -​ˌkyü-​ \ noun

Synonyms for recuperate


come back, convalesce, gain, heal, mend, pull round [chiefly British], rally, recoup, recover, snap back

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Examples of recuperate in a Sentence

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

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During the Golden Week in China this October, a week where many employees get time off to travel and recuperate and where retail business often rises, many smartphone shops in Guangzhou, a major southern city, still remained half full or empty. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China’s smartphone sales slowdown could hurt Apple’s bottom line, Goldman says," 15 Oct. 2018 Josh went home to recuperate, which meant resting, applying ice and having Briana help him with the most basic of functions, including brushing his teeth and going to the bathroom. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Linebacker Josh Bynes might start for the Cardinals, and he's not comfortable with it," 12 Apr. 2018 On Friday, when families in the United States were still recuperating from Thanksgiving dinners, the federal government decided to release a detailed report on how climate change will change our lives over the coming century. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Could Cost The United States Economy Hundreds of Billions Annually," 26 Nov. 2018 She was hospitalized soon after the announcement following surgery to treat a kidney condition and spent several weeks out of the public eye recuperating before resuming a public schedule. Darlene Superville, The Seattle Times, "First lady taking ‘Be Best’ children’s campaign on the road," 23 July 2018 So at the urging of his beloved cousins, Toby moves himself and his angelic girlfriend into Hugo’s house to recuperate and help tend to the ailing Hugo — only to find that Hugo’s house is harboring dark secrets. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 Sam Levy would recuperate from the gassing and his wounds – shrapnel in his back, arm and hand – in a French hospital. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "How old is former NFL coach Marv Levy? His dad was wounded in World War I," 27 June 2018 In Sweden, the health of the child, mother and family are held in such high regard that parents are given 16 months off from work—paid—to recuperate from childbirth and bond with their children. WSJ, "Sweden Is the World’s Finest Home for Families," 15 July 2018 The sick-time benefit was designed to promote a healthy workplace by encouraging employees to stay home and recuperate rather than come to work and make others sick., "Should Massachusetts cap sick time for state workers?," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of recuperate

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for recuperate

Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare — more at recover

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English Language Learners Definition of recuperate

: to return to normal health or strength after being sick, injured, etc.
British : to get back (money that has been spent, invested, lost, etc.)


re·​cu·​per·​ate | \ ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio) , -ˈkyü-\
recuperated; recuperating

Kids Definition of recuperate

: to regain health or strength


re·​cu·​per·​ate | \ ri-ˈk(y)ü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio) \
recuperated; recuperating

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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