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 The legislation allowed the prosecuting agency to request a security bond from the accused to recuperate the costs of care., "Animal Rescue League will find homes for 65 cats rescued on Martha’s Vineyard," 21 Apr. 2021 Brown received his transplant in October and continues to recuperate. NBC News, "Covid disease damage leading to 'completely new category' of organ transplants," 12 Apr. 2021 Because of these pressures, younger people may need more time to recuperate and regain their capacities. Pamela Weintraub, The Atlantic, "The Way Out of Brain Fog," 9 Apr. 2021 After a car wreck out West in 1930, Hemingway was back in Piggott for the holidays to rest and recuperate. Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, "Author put Piggott over Paris in 1933," 4 Apr. 2021 The animals haul themselves out of the water onto shore or sea ice, which is rapidly disappearing due to climate change, in order to recuperate. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Did This Walrus Get to Wales?," 25 Mar. 2021 But chronic uncertainty leaves us no time to recuperate. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, "The Keys to Dealing With Chronic Uncertainty," 22 Mar. 2021 Yet others sought to recuperate leisure and idleness for positive political ends. Ingrid Nelson, The Conversation, "‘Doing nothing’ is all the rage – is it a form of resistance, or just an indulgence for the lucky few?," 19 Mar. 2021 When Lefty was discharged, Harker checked him into a hotel room to recuperate. Globe Staff,, "Through immense hardship, the ‘mayor of Kenmore Square’ inspires, perseveres," 18 Mar. 2021

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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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16 May 2021

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“Recuperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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