[ri-koo-puh-reyt, -kyoo-]

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
Related formsre·cu·per·a·tion, nounnon·re·cu·per·a·tion, nounun·re·cu·per·at·ed, adjective

Synonyms for recuperate

1. heal, mend. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for recuperate

heal, convalesce, mend, recover, rally, gain, ameliorate

Examples from the Web for recuperate

Contemporary Examples of recuperate

Historical Examples of recuperate

  • We had paused to recuperate our animals, and there was a rumor that we were to get new clothing.

    The Cavalier

    George Washington Cable

  • And the mother, on seeing her child thus develop, begins to recuperate.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • You had best take a day to recuperate, then follow me to Almeida.

    The Snare

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Here he had come to a pause for a few days to recuperate his horses and his men.

  • He was endeavoring to recuperate in that most sensible way, hunting and fishing.

British Dictionary definitions for recuperate



(intr) to recover from illness or exhaustion
to recover (losses of money, etc)
Derived Formsrecuperation, nounrecuperative, adjective

Word Origin for recuperate

C16: from Latin recuperāre to recover, from re- + capere to gain, take
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Word Origin and History for recuperate

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

recuperate in Medicine




To return to health or strength; recover.
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