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
  1. verb
    restore to good health or strength
    convalesce, recover
    get over an illness or shock
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    type of:
    bring around, cure, heal
    provide a cure for, make healthy again
  2. verb
    get over an illness or shock
    “The patient is recuperating
    synonyms: convalesce, recover
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    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
  3. verb
    regain a former condition after a financial loss
    “The company managed to recuperate
    synonyms: go back, recover
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    rally, rebound
    return to a former condition
    type of:
    regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
    go back to a previous state
  4. verb
    regain or make up for
    recuperate one's losses”
    synonyms: recoup, recover
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    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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