recuperate

verb
re·cu·per·ate | \ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt, -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, -ˌkyü- \ noun

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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Executive Director Rita McMahon said the snowy owl—named Lorax, after the eco-friendly character in the Dr. Seuss book and film—had parasites and a small sore on her foot but was recuperating with fluids and a diet of mice. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Snowy Owl Makes Unexpected Visit at New York City Jail," 4 July 2018 The boys now recuperating and the rescuers who brought them to safety are starting to share stories of the dangers and their survival. Johnson Lai And Jason Corben, Fox News, "Boys meant to stay 1 hour in cave, but outside, rains began," 13 July 2018 The boys are currently recuperating in a hospital in Chiang Rai province. Casey Quackenbush, Time, "After a Successful Cave Rescue, Thailand's Navy SEALs Will Add Cave-Diving to Their Training," 13 July 2018 The Bundesliga giants will use the funds recuperated from Yarmlenko's £17.5m transfer to the Hammers to sign the Ivory Coast winger, reports the Sun. SI.com, "Borussia Dortmund Eye Crystal Palace Star But Face Competition for His Signature From Everton," 10 July 2018 Since his encounter, Ure has pretty much recuperated from the incident. Author: Mitch Borden, Anchorage Daily News, "‘This isn’t how I’m dying’: Teenager recounts bear attack in Naknek boatyard," 24 June 2018 On Monday, Al Khudhur was recuperating at Saint Alphonsus, as was another adult victim, Ahmad Manla. Maria L. La Ganga And Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise's mass stabbing," 2 July 2018 She's not allowed to recover, recuperate from a surgery? Fox News, "President Trump, Kim Jong Un set to meet in Singapore for historic summit," 7 June 2018 Four people have been arrested in the Saturday afternoon beating death of a Louisiana man who was recuperating after brain surgery, PEOPLE confirms. PEOPLE.com, "Man Survives Brain Surgery and Then Is Beaten to Death Weeks Later: 'It's Horrible'," 13 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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recuperate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of recuperate

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

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

recuperate

verb
re·cu·per·ate | \ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt, -ˈkyü-\
recuperated; recuperating

Kids Definition of recuperate

: to regain health or strength

recuperate

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