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recovering

adjective

Simple Definition of recovering

  • : in a state in which you have stopped or are trying to stop a behavior (such as drinking alcohol or using drugs) that you have been doing for a long time and that is harmful to you

Full Definition of recovering

  1. :  being in the process of overcoming a disorder or shortcoming <a recovering alcoholic> <a still-bookish recovering academic with a tendency to live in his head — Jon Spayde>

1977

First Known Use of recovering

1977



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