- 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.
transitive verbrecuperated, recuperating
Origin of recuperate; 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.
verbre·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing, re·cu·per·ates
- To return to health or strength; recover.
- To recover from financial loss.
Origin of recuperateLatin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
- re·cu′per·a′tive , re·cu′per·a·to′ry
(third-person singular simple present recuperates, present participle recuperating, simple past and past participle recuperated)
From Latin recuperātus, from recuperāre (“to get again, regain, recover, revive, restore, Medieval Latin also intransitive revive, convalesce, recover”), present active infinitive of recuperō.