re·cu·per·ate (rĭ-kpə-rāt′, -ky-)
v. re·cu·per·at·ed, re·cu·per·at·ing, re·cu·per·ates
1. To return to health or strength; recover.
2. To recover from financial loss.
To recover (a financial loss).
[Latin recuperāre, recuperāt- : re-, re- + capere, to take; see kap- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
re·cuper·a′tive (-pə-rā′tĭv, -pər-ə-tĭv), re·cuper·a·to′ry (-pər-ə-tôr′ē) adj.
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