recuperate

verb
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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Other Words from recuperate

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

Synonyms for recuperate

Synonyms

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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Julien Walker has passed for 452 yards and five touchdowns for the Comets filling in for recuperating quarterback Jeliun Carter. Los Angeles Times, "City Section look ahead: Fairfax vs. Eagle Rock is battle of Open Division teams," 9 Sep. 2019 Aside from the helmet issue, Brown has also been recuperating from extreme frostbite suffered during a mishap during a cryotherapy session. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown practices with 'certified' helmet amid NFL grievance," 20 Aug. 2019 Their friends are slowly recuperating, as is the city. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "How two dads arrived to the scene of the El Paso shooting and tried to save their friends," 5 Aug. 2019 In addition to building muscle, SPEDs can help athletes recuperate. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Wilson Chandler's Suspension for PEDs and Infrequency of Steroids in the NBA," 29 Aug. 2019 The Warriors’ five-time All-Star was originally scheduled to be at his shoe release, but will now be recuperating in L.A. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson will miss East Bay Times-themed shoe launch after knee surgery," 2 July 2019 Money, 70, is still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Eddie Money to address cancer diagnosis on his TV show," 26 Aug. 2019 McConnell is currently recuperating from a fractured shoulder and has dealt with a wave of criticism on multiple fronts over the last week. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Twitter suspends Mitch McConnell's campaign account after posting video of protesters threatening him," 8 Aug. 2019 Employees may work hard, but they will be allowed sufficient time to recuperate, and enjoy time with their families. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of recuperate was in 1542

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recuperate

verb

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.)

recuperate

verb
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

recuperate

verb
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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