Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To return to health or strength; recover.
  • intransitive verb To recover from financial loss.
  • intransitive verb To recover (a financial loss).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To recover; regain: as, to recuperate one's health or spirits.
  • To recoup.
  • To recover; regain strength or health.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To recover; to regain.
  • intransitive verb To recover health; to regain strength; to convalesce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness.
  • verb sociology To co-opt subversive ideas for mainstream use

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb get over an illness or shock
  • verb regain a former condition after a financial loss
  • verb restore to good health or strength
  • verb regain or make up for

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin recuperātus, from recuperāre ("to get again, regain, recover, revive, restore, Medieval Latin also intransitive revive, convalesce, recover"), present active infinitive of recuperō.

Examples

  • When Sunshine bites Lake, leaving behind little tooth-marks I will then be forced to hand out Band-Aids, which are in low supply because no one has had time to go to the store, because we've been too busy arguing, folding laundry, removing stains, paying bills, unloading the dishwasher and trying to recuperate from the latest disease the children have brought home.

    Pamela Alma Bass: Panicked Parents' Preschool Application

  • When Sunshine bites Lake, leaving behind little tooth-marks I will then be forced to hand out Band-Aids, which are in low supply because no one has had time to go to the store, because we've been too busy arguing, folding laundry, removing stains, paying bills, unloading the dishwasher and trying to recuperate from the latest disease the children have brought home.

    Pamela Alma Bass: Panicked Parents' Preschool Application

  • Dogs on vacation, boarding at the Cedarwild Animal School, were given every opportunity to recuperate from the hardships and wear and tear of from six months to a year and more on the road.

    CHAPTER XXVI

  • He'll need 14-16 weeks to recuperate from the shoulder operation and 3-4 weeks after the knee surgery. —

    Minnesota Wild Team Report

  • He seem to think that the Christians, having had 50 years to recuperate from the Decian persecution, were getting uppity and needed to be brought to hand.

    superversive: Gondor, Byzantium, and Feudalism

  • The good Senator needs time off to recuperate from the landslide loss.

    McCain to vote against Sotomayor

  • McGrady is out at least two weeks to fully recuperate from a sore left knee that's bothered him for months.

    USATODAY.com

  • Then there was the party on Saturday night which my friend and I spent the whole day getting ready for: shopping for groceries, then lunching to recuperate from the shopping, then shopping some more.

    And then there was Paris..

  • Elizabeth's birthday falls on April 21st, but will be officially celebrated on June 17th, giving her time to recuperate from the family festivities (I hear they're hiring the Chippendale Dancers).

    God Save the Queen a Piece of Cake

  • Refusing these "pieces of silver" from liberal American sources has put an especially heavy burden on the Rwandan dioceses, still trying to recuperate from the after-effects of the 1994 genocide in that country.

    06/08/2005

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