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[ri-koo-puh-reyt, -kyoo-]
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verb (used without object), re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing.
  1. to recover from sickness or exhaustion; regain health or strength.
  2. to recover from financial loss.
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verb (used with object), re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing.
  1. to restore to health, vigor, etc.
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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


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1. heal, mend.
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British Dictionary definitions for recuperation


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

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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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recuperation in Medicine


  1. To return to health or strength; recover.
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