To recuperate is to get something back that you have lost — could be good health, or money lost in a bad investment. When you recuperate, you heal and recover.

Recuperate comes from the Latin word recuperare “to take back,” so when you recuperate you gain something back that was yours before — health or money. Recuperate is usually something people do after an illness. If you break your knee playing rugby in college, you might go home to recuperate. If you don't want to sound fancy, just say you're recovering. It also means to get money back, so you can also try to recuperate your losses by staying in the poker game.

Definitions of recuperate

v restore to good health or strength

convalesce, recover
get over an illness or shock
Type of:
bring around, cure, heal
provide a cure for, make healthy again

v get over an illness or shock

“The patient is recuperating
convalesce, recover
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse
gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up, pick up
gain or regain energy
snap back
recover quickly
Type of:
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better

v regain a former condition after a financial loss

“The company managed to recuperate
go back, recover
rally, rebound
return to a former condition
Type of:
regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
go back to a previous state

v regain or make up for

recuperate one's losses”
recoup, recover
catch up with, make up
make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

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