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Borrowed from Latin recuperāre, alternative form of reciperāre (get again, regain, recover). Doublet of recover. The pronunciation without /j/ may have been influenced by the semantically similar, but etymologically distinct verb recoup.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈk(j)uːpəˌɹeɪt/
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recuperate (third-person singular simple present recuperates, present participle recuperating, simple past and past participle recuperated)

  1. (intransitive) To recover, especially from an illness; to get better from an illness or from exhaustion (or sometimes from a financial loss, etc).
  2. (transitive) To restore (someone or something) to health, strength, or currency; to revive or rehabilitate.
    • 1901, Edward Harper Parker, China, Her History, Diplomacy, and Commerce: From the Earliest Times to the Present Day, London : Murray, page 191:
      [...] of each province in 1842 and 1894 - that is, before the Taiping rebellion, and since China has recuperated her forces.
    • 2015 March 9, Gary Day, Jack Lynch, The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 3 Volume Set: 1660 - 1789, John Wiley & Sons, →ISBN, page 494:
      [...] one of many female poets who was trivialized and misrepresented for decades. When William Wordsworth recuperated her by praising her “Nocturnal Reverie,” he set what became a limiting factor in Finch's recovery: he treated her as a pre-Romantic ppoet of nature, and she became resituated in literary history as a much flatter or less complicated poet than she was in her lifetime.
  3. (transitive) To recover; to regain.
    • 2015 August 1, Cristina Herrera, Paula Sanmartín, Reading/Speaking/Writing the Mother Text; Essays on Caribbean Women's Writing, Demeter Press, →ISBN:
      In LS, July emerges as a survivor and a storyteller with a traumatic past who has recuperated her relationship with her lost son. Her questioning and humorously subversive discourse gives emotional and textual depth to  []
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:recuperate.
  4. (sociology) To co-opt (a problematic or suspect idea) so that it becomes part of an accepted discourse; to reclaim.
    • 1991, Joseph Gabel, Karl Mannheim and Hungarian Marxism, page 87:
      Mannheim's purpose when elaborating his typology of ideology was, as we have seen above, to recuperate the concept of ideology for scientific politics, after having discarded elements of Manichean egocentricity.
    • 1999, Jonathan M. Hess, Reconstituting the Body Politic, page 24:
      She sought ultimately to recuperate the classical concept of the public realm against what she described, in negative terms, as the "rise of the social" characteristic of the modern world.
    • 2002, Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook, Ben Saunders, Rock Over the Edge: Transformations in Popular Music Culture:
      [] there is also the danger [] that such a critique recuperates gender in terms that quite literally invisiblize the very issues of race and ethnicity []
    • 2020, Etienne S. Benson, Surroundings: A History of Environments and Environmentalisms, page 6:
      The fact that even many of the harshest critics of environmental thought have sought to somehow recuperate the concept reflects how deeply it has become embedded in our discourse.

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  1. inflection of recuperare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

Etymology 2[edit]


recuperate f pl

  1. feminine plural of recuperato





  1. second-person plural present active imperative of recuperō




  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of recuperar combined with te