Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To return to health or strength; recover.
  • intransitive v. To recover from financial loss.
  • transitive v. To restore to health or strength.
  • transitive v. To regain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Latin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin recuperātus, from recuperāre ("to get again, regain, recover, revive, restore, Medieval Latin also intransitive revive, convalesce, recover"), present active infinitive of recuperō. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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

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  • 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

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

    McCain to vote against Sotomayor

  • 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.

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  • 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

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

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  • 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.

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  • As they recuperate from the exertions of spawning, smallmouths scatter along the shorelines in early summer to feed upon baitfish and small panfish.

    Rivers of Bronze

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