Simple Definition of recover
: to become healthy after an illness or injury : to return to normal health
: to return to a normal state after a period of difficulty
: to get (something, such as an ability or feeling) again
Full Definition of recover
re·cov·eredre·cov·er·ing play \-ˈkə-və-riŋ, -ˈkəv-riŋ\
1 : to get back : regain
2 a : to bring back to normal position or condition <stumbled, then recovered himself> b archaic : rescue
3 a : to make up for <recover increased costs through higher prices> b : to gain by legal process
4 archaic : reach
5 : to find or identify again <recover a comet>
6 a : to obtain from an ore, a waste product, or a by-product b : to save from loss and restore to usefulness : reclaim
1 : to regain a normal position or condition (as of health) <recovering from a cold>
2 : to obtain a final legal judgment in one's favor
Examples of recover
She had a heart attack but is recovering well.
Share prices will be down until the economy recovers.
She recovered consciousness in the hospital.
I slipped, but somehow recovered my balance.
He suffered a stroke and hasn't yet recovered the use of his left arm.
The police recovered his stolen wallet.
The program helps users recover computer files that have been deleted.
Origin of recover
Middle English, from Anglo-French recoverer, from Latin recuperare, from re- + *caperare, from Latin capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 14th century
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