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

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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 Mallory Glass, who scored the Valkyries lone goal in regulation, said the lightning delay gave her and her teammates a chance to recuperate. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, "Sacred Heart, Manual advance to Seventh Region girls soccer finals," 20 Oct. 2020 So three out of the last five days have been off to recover, recuperate and heal. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Herman, Del Conte, Texas players held meeting over ‘The Eyes’," 19 Oct. 2020 The Bulldogs have had two weeks to recuperate from a 38-3 loss to Avon Lake (5-1), which plays host Friday to Wadsworth (2-4). Matt Goul, cleveland, "Familiar hurdles await with St. Edward-Medina, Euclid-St. Ignatius, Mentor-Stow and Perry-CVCA: Week 8 OHSAA football playoffs preview," 14 Oct. 2020 The top White House spokesperson is the latest person in the president’s orbit to test positive as Trump continues to recuperate from the disease at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Josh Wingrove, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Tests Positive for Coronavirus," 5 Oct. 2020 The Japanese car companies, which have a smaller presence in the truck markets that are now booming, have been slower to recuperate. Nora Naughton, WSJ, "U.S. Auto Sales Show Signs of Recovery in Third Quarter," 1 Oct. 2020 Foster recognized in cinema a vehicle for Black America to recuperate its cultural image, which had suffered grotesque distortions in the national imagination throughout the nineteenth century. Artel Great, The New Republic, "Black Cinema Matters," 11 Sep. 2020 The Falcons are smart about his usage in practice and give him ample time to recuperate. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Why these over-30 NFL players won't slow down anytime soon," 3 Sep. 2020 Today, with few visitors coming to the historic commercial center, some restaurants are at risk of closing while others work to recuperate. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Can the downtown restaurant scene recover? Lack of foot traffic is taking its toll," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Recuperate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recuperate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for recuperate

recuperate

verb
How to pronounce recuperate (audio)

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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