Typically, recuperate references the human body, but it can be used more generally to refer to other things — especially financial strength as when attempting to "recuperate one’s losses" while gambling.
So far, it appears that the H1N1 season will not cause wide-scale shutdowns of schools or businesses. But to control the spread of the disease, the CDC is advising that schools use separate rooms where sick students can wait until they go home to recuperate.
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"I’m still recuperating," I told her.
J.D. Salinger -- The Catcher in the Rye
Have you recuperated from that court ordeal yet?
Sharon M. Draper -- Tears of a Tiger
We want sleep, both you and I, and rest to recuperate.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
It is wonderful, however, what intellectual recuperative power lunatics have, for within a few minutes he stood up quite calmly and looked around him.
Bram Stoker -- Dracula
He told himself that if he could just survive these preliminaries in decent standing, he’d have a chance to fully recuperate in time for the next event.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Longest Ride
Zahid Khan was in hospital for twelve days, then at home recuperating for a month after having plastic surgery to repair his nose.
Malala Yousafzai -- I Am Malala
Someone would have to stay behind with Claire while she recuperated.
Ransom Riggs -- Hollow City
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The following evening, in fact, when she was recuperating in her bedroom, she would ask if I had come into the operating room, and I told her that I had done so only briefly at the end, as she had called for me.
Chang-rae Lee -- A Gesture Life
Gene Kelly had his appendix removed in Paris and was recuperating in Switzerland.
Judy Blume -- In the Unlikely Event
For him, the strike was an opportunity to work at the job he loved and to make it in this country, but for her, it was a threat to her finances, Abuelita’s arrival, and Mama’s recuperation.
Pam Munoz Ryan -- Esperanza Rising
Harry felt as though he was recuperating from some brief but severe, an impression reinforced by Her-mione’s solicitousness.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
Their home destroyed, the Baudelaires had to recuperate from their terrible loss in the Poe household, which was not at all agreeable.
Lemony Snicket -- The Bad Beginning
Olga brought the boy to recuperate at her humble home.
Sonia Nazario -- Enrique’s Journey
In a quiet moment before leaving Clarkston to recuperate, Luma logged on to Google Earth and scanned a satellite view of the town for open spaces.
Warren St. John -- Outcasts United
I have a bed to myself because I’m recuperating and because no one can sleep with me anyway, what with the nightmares and the thrashing around.
Suzanne Collins -- Mockingjay
He gave himself a few minutes to recuperate, then leaned back over the water.
Christopher Paolini -- Eragon
The Negroes and the "toughs" from the Levee did not want to work, and every few minutes some of them would feel obliged to retire and recuperate.
Upton Sinclair -- The Jungle
He sat in his basement headquarters, recuperating, while we crept around the house and Mommy walked about silently, eyes still red-rimmed, on edge.
James McBride -- The Color of Water
Sometimes he was beaten till he could hardly stand, then flung like a sack of potatoes on to the stone floor of a cell, left to recuperate for a few hours, and then taken out and beaten again.
George Orwell -- 1984
Someone’s got to be in charge while I recuperate.
Nicholas Sparks -- Dear John
He sought to tread water, in order to rest himself; but the sea was too violent, and he felt that he could not make use of this means of recuperation.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Count of Monte Cristo
Since they had no extensive muscular mechanism to recuperate, that periodical extinction was unknown to them.
H.G. Wells -- The War of the Worlds
Too it was important that he should have time for physical recuperation.
Stephen Crane -- The Red Badge of Courage
The week’s rest had recuperated the dogs and put them in thorough trim.
Jack London -- The Call of the Wild
Go, then, and take the waters of Forges, or any that may be more agreeable to you, and recuperate yourself as quickly as possible.
Alexandre Dumas -- The Three Musketeers
All Georgia wanted was to be let alone so the state could recuperate.
Margaret Mitchell -- Gone with the Wind
Surgery and hospitalization account for six months of that year; the remainder he spent recuperating in the forest home, near Bellingham, of a young Indian logger and fisherman.
Truman Capote -- In Cold Blood
While Billy was recuperating in a hospital in Vermont, his wife died accidentally of carbon-monoxide poisoning.
Kurt Vonnegut -- Slaughterhouse-Five
Believe me, any of those are considerably more comfortable than having a doctor do a version to turn the baby’or recuperating from a C-section.
Jodi Picoult -- Nineteen Minutes
My father, recuperating slowly and looking worn and weary, sat in his bed propped on pillows, and read the newspaper stories of the horrors that had occurred in those camps.
Chaim Potok -- The Chosen
I got pneumonia making a picture last January and I’ve been recuperating.
F. Scott Fitzgerald -- Tender is the Night
Confidence in himself, an equal and opposite power of abandonment and recuperation.
James Joyce -- Ulysses
It had been five days since his expedition into the bathroom and the parlor, and he had recuperated from that experience faster than he would ever have believed.
Stephen King -- Misery
On the whole, the villagers were in better condition than when they arrived at Narda due to the rest they had garnered on the barges, but constant worry and exposure to the harsh elements had prevented them from recuperating as well as Roran hoped.
Christopher Paolini -- Eldest
T. H. White -- The Once and Future King
"Recuperating, yes," Bellamy said.
Dan Brown -- The Lost Symbol
How could that army—which had found abundant supplies in Moscow and had trampled them underfoot instead of keeping them, and on arriving at Smolensk had looted provisions instead of storing them—how could that army recuperate in Kaluga province, which was inhabited by Russians such as those who lived in Moscow, and where fire had the same property of consuming what was set ablaze?
Leo Tolstoy -- War and Peace
Nevertheless, and although he himself did not seem to notice it, those letters of recuperation and stimulation were slowly changing into pastoral letters of disenchantment.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- One Hundred Years of Solitude
During his recuperation in Korphe, Mortenson had frequently heard villagers complain about the Punjabi-dominated Pakistani government, which they considered a foreign, lowland power.
Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin -- Three Cups of Tea
The recuperative power which pervaded organic nature was surely not denied to maidenhood alone.
Thomas Hardy -- Tess of the d’Urbervilles
Winter Memories I Winter has settled down over the Divide again; the season in which Nature recuperates, in which she sinks to sleep between the fruitfulness of autumn and the passion of spring.
Willa Cather -- O Pioneers!
Miro had kept moving through the downpour, knowing he could not indulge in the luxury of rest or recuperation.
Robert Cormier -- After the First Death
At last he stopped going there, except for the very few times he did so not to catch up on what he had missed but for just the opposite reason: to find a refuge where he could recuperate from his excesses.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez -- Love in the Time of Cholera
It’s taking me longer to recuperate than I had anticipated……. Some days are worse than others.
Christopher Paolini -- Brisingr
History was his passion, and he spent his months of recuperation reading the chronicles of his legendary predecessors.
John F. Kennedy -- Profiles in Courage
Grandfather would recuperate at home with Mother, and I could care for them both.
Laurie Halse Anderson -- Fever, 1793
During his recuperation, when it was really over between them, both made an effort to come back somewhat to the old relationship of the first months of their marriage.