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 recuperate (audio) , -​ˌkyü-​ \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Doctors have recommended a break so that Santana, 74, can fully recuperate after collapsing during a performance in Clarkson, Mich., on Tuesday night, said Michael Vrionis, president of Universal Tone Management, in a statement to EW. Sara Netzley,, 9 July 2022 The 74-year-old guitarist canceled six upcoming shows in order to rest and recuperate. Deborah Vankinstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2022 Nine Wings were given the day off to recuperate from the battle royale. Detroit Free Press, 26 June 2022 Fans were quick to offer their support for the beloved drummer, who continues to recuperate and is hopeful to return to Progressive Field in 2022. Hayden Grove, cleveland, 21 Dec. 2021 There has been this huge movement to recuperate and reevaluate indigenous varieties, which is kind of in sync with the movement toward preserving heritage varieties of apples and tomatoes and stuff like that. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 23 June 2022 Alex Garland’s film Men has a deceptively simple premise: A woman rents a home in the English countryside to recuperate after a personal tragedy but is soon stalked by several residents of the town. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 The law does not provide any specific civil penalties for breaking the law, besides allowing users to sue to recuperate their court costs from the company found in violation. Andrew Zhang, San Antonio Express-News, 13 May 2022 The goal, shared especially by people who had both witnessed the mad destruction of the war in Europe and fallen in love with European culture, was to recuperate, on informal American terms, the heritage of formal European manners. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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8 Aug 2022

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“Recuperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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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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