1. (literal) recover from illness or injury
1. I was cured of pneumonia within a month, but it took me much longer to fully recuperate.
2. (figurative) to regain an earlier, more desirable state.
2. The company lost heavily in the last quarter, but we are hoping to recuperate the loss in the next one.
re (again, back)#capere (to take) (Latin)
the last part sounds like operate. so after the operation, patient recovers Recuperate = RECover from OPERATion. => return to health again.