Definition of recuperate in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkuːpəreɪt/


1 [no object] Recover from illness or exertion: she has been recuperating from a knee injury Christmas is a time to recuperate
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  • The course is a programme of exercise for people with physical disabilities and for those new to exercise, recuperating from illness or injury, or requiring a specially devised programme.
  • When I was recuperating from a long illness last year, doctors advised me against using public transport.
  • Ellis had been recuperating from a serious illness when the wedding assignment happened.
get better, recover, convalesce, get back to normal, get well, regain one's strength/health, get back on one's feet, get over something;
be on the road to recovery, be on the mend, improve, mend, pick up, rally, revive, perk up, pull through, bounce back
2 [with object] Recover or regain (something lost or taken): they will seek to recuperate the returns that go with investment
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  • The longing that attends this description of lost friendship, children, and youth is recuperated by the comfort offered in the form of a Christmas card, and in turn offered by the poem itself.
  • Council bosses managed to reopen half the course at the beginning of February in a bid to start recuperating some of the money lost and encourage golfers to return.
  • She said she was taking the students to court to recuperate her losses, and as a matter of principle.
get back, regain, recover, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, find, redeem, rescue



Example sentences
  • The codes ‘change’, or maybe they were never really about ‘getting experienced’: maybe they were always about containing those experiences into something recuperable, containable, taxonomical.
  • Sometimes in a recuperable, retro way; but more often not.
  • The writings consider gender, sexual, and ethnic difference as, respectively, recuperable within and alternative to national identity.


Mid 16th century: from Latin recuperat- 'regained', from the verb recuperare, from re- 'back' + capere 'take'.

  • recover from Middle English:

    This was originally with reference to health, with the modern sense appearing soon after. It comes from Anglo-Norman French recoverer, from Latin recuperare ‘get again’, from which the similar recuperate (mid 16th century) was taken directly.

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