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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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Examples from the Web for recuperation
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  • recuperation came to these Company dogs with the night's rest, and into the bitter dawn they were haled.

  • But supper was ready, and supper is a great source of recuperation with a hungry boy.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • We have thus far concerned ourselves with the major factors of recuperation, intra-social forces, social service, and legislation.

    Catastrophe and Social Change Samuel Henry Prince
  • There was no power of recuperation left, no reserve strength to call upon.

    The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • So far from resembling one of those diminutive fowls, Cimarron was a gentleman of vitality and powers of recuperation.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • You must have confidence in me and in your own powers of recuperation.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • This little Herd would give council, relief, and recuperation to its members.

    An American Idyll Cornelia Stratton Parker
  • I was slated for out here—the recuperation hospital at Denver.

    The White Desert Courtney Ryley Cooper
  • It takes a large one so long to find enough to eat when grass is scanty that he has not time enough for rest or recuperation.

British Dictionary definitions for recuperation


/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 recuperation

late 15c., "recovery or regaining of things," from Latin recuperationem (nominative recuperatio) "a getting back, regaining, recovery," noun of action from past participle stem of recuperare "get back, regain, get again," in Medieval Latin "revive, convalesce, recover," related to recipere (see receive). Meaning "restoration to health or vigor" is from 1865.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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recuperation 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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