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 of recuperate
- Latin recuperāre recuperāt- re- re- capere to take kap- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Latin recuperātus, from recuperāre (“to get again, regain, recover, revive, restore, Medieval Latin also intransitive revive, convalesce, recover"), present active infinitive of recuperō.