recover

verb (1)
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce recover (audio) \
recovered; recovering\ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce recovering (audio) , -​ˈkəv-​riŋ \

Definition of recover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to get back : regain
2a : to bring back to normal position or condition stumbled, then recovered himself
b archaic : rescue
3a : 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
6a : to obtain from an ore, a waste product, or a by-product
b : to save from loss and restore to usefulness : reclaim

intransitive verb

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

re-cover

verb (2)
re-cov·​er | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce re-cover (audio) \
re-covered; re-covering; re-covers

Definition of re-cover (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover again or anew

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Other Words from recover

Verb (1)

recoverability \ ri-​ˌkə-​və-​rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce recoverability (audio) , -​ˌkəv-​rə-​ \ noun
recoverable \ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce recoverable (audio) , -​ˈkəv-​rə-​ \ adjective
recoverer \ ri-​ˈkə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce recoverer (audio) \ noun

Examples of recover in a Sentence

Verb (1) 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb International travel is expected to recover more slowly than flying within the U.S. as long as COVID-19 and its economic repercussions are a factor. Dallas News, "American Airlines moving to make DFW Airport its gateway to Asia," 13 Sep. 2020 Stat News reported that the individual is expected to recover. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus updates: AstraZeneca halts vaccine trials; Trump accuses NC of politicizing pandemic; Honolulu extends stay-at-home order," 10 Sep. 2020 After a two-month shutdown, the shop is still trying to recover. Lisa Maria Garza, orlandosentinel.com, "6 months of COVID-19: How 6 Central Florida businesses are surviving in the pandemic," 10 Sep. 2020 The emergency voucher program has ballooned Brazil’s eye-watering public spending bill and deepened worries about the country’s already faltering economy, which has struggled to recover from a painful recession in 2015-16. Ana Ionova, The Christian Science Monitor, "Political cost of coronavirus? For Brazil’s Bolsonaro, not much.," 10 Sep. 2020 Jennifer Moorehead, Save the Children’s country director in Lebanon, said the fire will inevitably bring back distressing memories to many Lebanese children who are still trying to recover from last month's blast. Bloomberg.com, "Huge Fire At Beirut Port Sows Panic After Last Month's Blast," 10 Sep. 2020 The employee was injured but received medical treatment and is expected to recover, the statement said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Escapee from Anchorage juvenile center found, but two are still missing, officials say," 9 Sep. 2020 Doctors could not remove the bullet from Stewart’s neck, but he is expected to recover, Lemar said. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "2 weeks after allegedly killing mother of his 4-year-old son, Harvey man still on the run, JPSO says," 9 Sep. 2020 As Kenosha continues to recover from two weeks of unrest, the residents in one building are particularly thankful. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Protesters stood guard at Kenosha Estates to prevent harm to the building and people inside," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of recover

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recover

Verb (1)

Middle English, from Anglo-French recoverer, from Latin recuperare, from re- + *caperare, from Latin capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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The first known use of recover was in the 14th century

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recover. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for recover

recover

verb
How to pronounce re-cover (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recover

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

re-cover

verb
How to pronounce re-cover (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of re-cover (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (something) again : to put a new cover on (something)

recover

verb
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce recover (audio) \
recovered; recovering

Kids Definition of recover

1 : to get back : regain I recovered my lost wallet. Mary began to recover her breath and feel safer …— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
2 : to regain or return to a normal or usual state (as of health or composure) Have you recovered from the flu?
3 : to make up for We can't recover lost time.
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkəv-ər How to pronounce recover (audio) \
recovered; recovering\ -​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce recovering (audio) \

Medical Definition of recover

: to regain a normal position or condition (as of health) recovering from the effects of a cold

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re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce recover (audio) \

Legal Definition of recover

1 : to get back or get back an equivalent for recover costs through higher prices
2a : to obtain or get back (as damages, satisfaction for a debt, or property) through a judgment or decree recover damages in a tort action
b : to obtain (a judgment) in one's favor

intransitive verb

1 : to get something back
2 : to obtain damages or something else through a judgment argued that the plaintiff should not be permitted to recover

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