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

Synonyms for recuperate

Synonyms

come back, convalesce, gain, heal, mend, pull round [chiefly British], rally, recoup, recover, snap back

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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

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In addition to building muscle, SPEDs can help athletes recuperate. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Examining Wilson Chandler's Suspension for PEDs and Infrequency of Steroids in the NBA," 29 Aug. 2019 The Warriors’ five-time All-Star was originally scheduled to be at his shoe release, but will now be recuperating in L.A. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson will miss East Bay Times-themed shoe launch after knee surgery," 2 July 2019 Money, 70, is still recuperating from health issues resulting from his heart valve procedure in June. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Eddie Money to address cancer diagnosis on his TV show," 26 Aug. 2019 McConnell is currently recuperating from a fractured shoulder and has dealt with a wave of criticism on multiple fronts over the last week. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Twitter suspends Mitch McConnell's campaign account after posting video of protesters threatening him," 8 Aug. 2019 Employees may work hard, but they will be allowed sufficient time to recuperate, and enjoy time with their families. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 Abbott recuperated in the polio ward of a San Diego hospital, spending her convalescence primarily among children. Alexander B. Joy, The Atlantic, "Candy Land Was Invented for Polio Wards," 28 July 2019 The large animals, in particular, have become an outlet for Doherty to relax and recuperate from all of life’s stresses. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Shannen Doherty Says Her 'Heart Is Shattered' After Her Horse Dies from a Ruptured Intestine," 13 Aug. 2019 In Kentucky, where McConnell is recuperating from a shoulder fracture sustained in a weekend fall, activists have been demonstrating at his home and protesting at his downtown Louisville office. NBC News, "Hundreds of mayors urge Senate to return for gun bill vote," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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recuperate

verb

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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