noun re·cov·ery \ri-ˈkə-və-rē, -ˈkəv-rē\
: the act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury : the act or process of recovering
: the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty
: the return of something that has been lost, stolen, etc.
: the act, process, or an instance of recovering; especially : an economic upturn (as after a depression)
: the process of combating a disorder (as alcoholism) or a real or perceived problem
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Examples of RECOVERY
- This policy may slow the pace of economic recovery.
- We hope for the recovery of the stolen paintings.
- Their mission was the recovery of the space capsule.
First Known Use of RECOVERY
: the act or process of regaining or returning to a normal or usual state <She made a full recovery.>
: the act of regaining or returning toward a normal or healthy state
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