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[ri-koo-puh-reyt, -kyoo-] /rɪˈku pəˌreɪt, -ˈkyu-/
verb (used without object), recuperated, recuperating.
to recover from sickness or exhaustion; regain health or strength.
to recover from financial loss.
verb (used with object), recuperated, recuperating.
to restore to health, vigor, etc.
Origin of recuperate
1535-45; < Latin recuperātus (past participle of recuperāre, variant of reciperāre to recover), equivalent to re- re- + -ciper-, combining form of *caper- (obscure derivative of capere to take) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
recuperation, noun
nonrecuperation, noun
unrecuperated, adjective
1. heal, mend. Unabridged
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  • Carlisle, recuperating from a gay debutante rout on the evening preceding, remained in bed.

    V. V.'s Eyes Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • She closed her eyes as if she were pondering—or recuperating.

  • If it is early in the season, there is some chance of his recuperating rapidly enough to still become serviceable.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • "They are recuperating from the daily educational period," said the scientist.

  • I arrived there at noon, built my first fire on the beach, and remained by it, recuperating for the succeeding two days.

    Wonders of the Yellowstone James Richardson
British Dictionary definitions for recuperating


/rɪˈkuːpəˌreɪt; -ˈkjuː-/
(intransitive) to recover from illness or exhaustion
to recover (losses of money, etc)
Derived Forms
recuperation, noun
recuperative, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin recuperāre to recover, from re- + capere to gain, take
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Word Origin and History for recuperating



1540s, from Latin recuperatus, past participle of recuperare "to get again," in Medieval Latin "revive, convalesce, recover" (see recuperation). Meaning "to recover from sickness or loss" is from 1864. Related: Recuperated; recuperating.

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recuperating in Medicine

recuperate re·cu·per·ate (rĭ-kōō'pə-rāt', -kyōō'-)
v. re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing, re·cu·per·ates
To return to health or strength; recover.

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