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 checkout technology company founder subscribes to the notion that by providing time away from the office to rest and recuperate, people will return to work with greater energy and enthusiasm. Jack Kelly, Forbes, 2 Oct. 2021 Films that underperform in the States can thus recuperate their losses abroad. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 The rest of the family returned home and rested, waiting for Madina’s mother to recuperate. Cindy Carcamo Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 30 Aug. 2021 One in 11 American Airlines flights have been canceled Tuesday as the carrier continues to recuperate two days after Sunday’s thunderstorms in North Texas. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 3 Aug. 2021 Soon, Axel Farhi — life saved and brain intact — will be released from the hospital to recuperate at a friend’s apartment in Jersey City with what his wife will describe as a beautiful view of Manhattan. New York Times, 22 July 2021 Here are 5 ways to tell The trooper was released from the hospital on March 8 to recuperate at home, the department previously said. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 6 Apr. 2021 Auckland, the National Trust curator, said that a volunteer had been reading through her correspondence but had hurt his knee and needed time to recuperate. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 Some mothers quickly regain heart function, some only partially recuperate and others never recover. Neil Bedi, ProPublica, 7 Aug. 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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7 Oct 2021

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“Recuperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recuperate

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