Definition of recuperate in English:



  • 1no object Recover from illness or exertion.

    ‘she has been recuperating from a knee injury’
    ‘Christmas is a time to recuperate’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suffering setback after setback, he is currently back in Rio recuperating from his latest.’
    • ‘She was a caregiver for a local resident who's recuperating from a recent heart attack.’
    • ‘He's still recuperating from his tracheotomy and his flu.’
    • ‘The country has been recuperating from the blow of the recent devastating flood.’
    • ‘Carlos was dancing with English National Ballet but recuperating from a foot operation and had gone home to convalesce.’
    • ‘Thursday was a down day, but it was spent mostly recuperating from being out so late the nights before.’
    • ‘She was in hospital, recuperating from a minor operation.’
    • ‘He will continue recuperating from breathing problems and concentrate on his plans for holy week, which begins next Sunday.’
    • ‘I am sure all the residents who live along the Diego Martin highway are all awakened by these motorbikes especially on weekends when they are recuperating from a hard week's work.’
    • ‘‘He's recuperating from his operation,’ said his official spokesman, David Whitton.’
    • ‘And those who do get help often need financial assistance while recuperating from an injury or illness.’
    • ‘Three months was also how long Evie spent recuperating from the injuries.’
    • ‘Simpson wrote the book, while recuperating from his injuries, in order to defend his friend's actions.’
    • ‘But his wife was recuperating from a serious road crash.’
    • ‘When I was recuperating from a long illness last year, doctors advised me against using public transport.’
    • ‘He will now be recuperating from his ordeal and waiting to be told the date for his asylum claim appeal hearing.’
    • ‘Both are currently recuperating from their injuries in Galway hospital.’
    • ‘Ellis had been recuperating from a serious illness when the wedding assignment happened.’
    • ‘Football was cancelled last night, which was a good thing as my body was still recuperating from the previous night's game (which we won rather convincingly).’
    get better, recover, convalesce, get back to normal, get well, regain one's health, regain one's strength, get back on one's feet, get over something
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  • 2with object Recover or regain (something lost or taken)

    ‘they will seek to recuperate the returns that go with investment’
    • ‘Recent surface excavation and conservation have recuperated a substantial portion of Structure 16's elaborately carved facade.’
    • ‘The quickly qualifying and anxiety-ridden ‘of course’ indicates that, for Irene, his masculinity has to be rapidly recuperated from any trace of the feminine.’
    • ‘Now it is feared Mrs Huxley, whose signature was on the residents' village green application, might be hit with a bill if the developer looks to recuperate its legal costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, by returning the money, the gang will be able to recuperate its money later on through rice-connected projects.’
    • ‘To recuperate these costs and make the venture economically viable Bright Grey is going to have to secure a significant chunk of market share.’
    • ‘Thus, the cost of the intervention was recuperated within three weeks.’
    • ‘The only way in which I can recuperate my humiliation is to turn it into an amusing anecdote that elicits laughter or sympathy.’
    • ‘The member will be aware that in certain circumstances the cost of custody may be recuperated from the airline that brought to New Zealand someone who was not granted a permit at the border.’
    • ‘Then he recuperates the error, and says that although it was the wrong man, or because of that, he learned more than he would have done otherwise.’
    • ‘To recuperate some of the money lost, trash and treasure was sold in a mini-fete at the school last week - and there was plenty of community support.’
    • ‘In such a way our own critical creativity can be recuperated.’
    • ‘After she hung up, she took a deep breath to recuperate her thoughts and wonder what she had gotten herself into.’
    • ‘Of course the market will not stay at current levels forever and is expected to recuperate its losses during the next two or three years.’
    • ‘He has raised prices by 3p a litre, on top of a national price rise of about the same amount put in place by BP, in an effort to recuperate losses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said she was taking the students to court to recuperate her losses, and as a matter of principle.’
    • ‘This increases safety and saves money, as any excess liquid propellant can be recuperated and automatically removed from the building to an area where it can be treated for reuse.’
    • ‘Of the three, only Kerrigan and Wellhauser will be receiving Feds funding to help recuperate losses incurred from their platforms.’
    • ‘She stood up, feeling a bit dizzy, and closed her eyes until she recuperated the balance.’
    get back, regain, recover, win back, recoup, retrieve, reclaim, repossess, have something returned, be reunited with, find, redeem, rescue
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Mid 16th century: from Latin recuperat- ‘regained’, from the verb recuperare, from re- ‘back’ + capere ‘take’.