[ ri-koo-puh-reyt, -kyoo- ]
/ rɪˈku pəˌreɪt, -ˈkyu- /

verb (used without object), re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing.

to recover from sickness or exhaustion; regain health or strength.
to recover from financial loss.

verb (used with object), re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing.

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


re·cu·per·a·tion, nounnon·re·cu·per·a·tion, nounun·re·cu·per·at·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for recuperate

/ (rɪˈkuːpəˌreɪt, -ˈkjuː-) /


(intr) to recover from illness or exhaustion
to recover (losses of money, etc)

Derived forms of recuperate

recuperation, nounrecuperative, adjective

Word Origin for recuperate

C16: from Latin recuperāre to recover, from re- + capere to gain, take
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Medical definitions for recuperate

[ rĭ-kōōpə-rāt′ ]


To return to health or strength; recover.
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