- To recuperate is to get better after an illness, to recover after exertion, or to get back something that was lost.
- When you have surgery performed and you then have to stay in bed for two weeks and rest, this resting period is an example of a time when you recuperate.
- When you go on vacation to rest and relax after working very hard on a project, this is an example of a time when you recuperate.
Origin: from Classical Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare, to recover: akin to recipere, to bring back, recover: see receive
- to be restored to health, strength, etc.; get well again; recover
- to recover losses, etc.
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verb re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing, re·cu·per·ates verb, intransitive
- To return to health or strength; recover.
- To recover from financial loss.
- To restore to health or strength.
- To regain.
Origin: Latin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- re·cuˌper·aˈtion noun
- re·cuˈper·aˌtive , re·cuˈper·a·toˌry adjective
recuperate - Medical Definition