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.

plural re·cov·er·ies

Full Definition of RECOVERY

:  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

Examples of RECOVERY

  1. This policy may slow the pace of economic recovery.
  2. We hope for the recovery of the stolen paintings.
  3. Their mission was the recovery of the space capsule.

First Known Use of RECOVERY

15th century
RECOVERY Defined for Kids


noun re·cov·ery \ri-ˈkə-və-rē, -ˈkəv-rē\
plural re·cov·er·ies

Definition of RECOVERY for Kids

:  the act or process of regaining or returning to a normal or usual state <She made a full recovery.>
Medical Dictionary


noun re·cov·ery \ri-ˈkəv-(ə-)rē\
plural re·cov·er·ies

Medical Definition of RECOVERY

:  the act of regaining or returning toward a normal or healthy state
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