re·​cu·​per·​ate ri-ˈkü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio)
recuperated; recuperating

transitive verb

: to get back : regain
: 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
recuperation noun

Example Sentences

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 Belichick said the thoughts and prayers of the Patriots organization are with Hamlin and the Bills as Hamlin continues to recuperate after suffering cardiac arrest on the field in a game against the Bengals. Jim Mcbride,, 5 Jan. 2023 No available treatments for neurodegenerative diseases stop ongoing neurodegeneration while also helping affected areas in the body heal and recuperate. Kristine Zengeler, Discover Magazine, 10 Dec. 2022 The body can recuperate after exercise and be utilized to boost energy and enhance general wellness, not just by casual gym goers, but by bodybuilders and athletes as well. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 22 Dec. 2022 Many of those who become infected with RSV can recuperate at home. Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2022 His concerts are carefully spaced, with far fewer dates stacked up, giving the singer time to rest and recuperate. Jody Rosen, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2022 In a release, Santana's medical team recommends the artist gets rest to fully recuperate. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 9 July 2022 Perhaps heavy fruiting/bearing in recent years has resulted in the need for those particular trees to rest and recuperate energy reserves. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 23 Nov. 2022 But even with the return of Deebo Samuel on Sunday night, and after a week off to recuperate, San Francisco didn’t take its first lead until McCaffrey’s two-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth quarter. Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare — more at recover

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recuperate was in 1542

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Cite this Entry

“Recuperate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​cu·​per·​ate ri-ˈk(y)ü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio)
recuperated; recuperating
: recover sense 2
especially : to regain health or strength
recuperation noun

Medical Definition


re·​cu·​per·​ate ri-ˈk(y)ü-pə-ˌrāt How to pronounce recuperate (audio)
recuperated; recuperating

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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