recover

verb (1)
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər \
recovered; recovering\ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​riŋ , -​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 \
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 , -​ˌkəv-​rə-​ \ noun
recoverable \ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​rə-​bəl , -​ˈkəv-​rə-​ \ adjective
recoverer \ ri-​ˈkə-​vər-​ər \ 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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On international itineraries, passengers may be able to recover reimbursement under Article 19 of the Montreal Convention for expenses resulting from a delayed or canceled flight by filing a claim with the airline. Eric Jordan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do When Your Flight Is Canceled or Delayed," 20 Nov. 2018 One year after the disappearance of the Argentinian submarine ARA San Juan, the search continues, investigators are long past any hope of recovering survivors. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 In a matchup of former Flushing Meadows champions, Williams lost the final five games of the second set before recovering her form in the decider. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Venus, Serena Williams make winning starts at US Open," 27 Aug. 2018 Baltimore recovers millions of dollars in overdue taxes and water bills with these auctions. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "With ownership in question, lawsuit stalls over deadly West Baltimore collapse," 12 July 2018 The city recently settled a civil lawsuit with the developers and was able to recover more than half a million dollars. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Pro Soccer Team Announced For Hartford, Set To Begin Play In 2019 At Dillon Stadium," 11 July 2018 Before the pink slips, about 70 people worked at TWC, which was never able to recover from Harvey Weinstein's demise. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Weinstein Co. Lays Off 20-Plus Employees," 11 July 2018 LAS VEGAS - An early rain of three-pointers dried up in a major way and the Milwaukee Bucks weren't able to recover in an 81-78 loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their Las Vegas summer league game on Sunday at Cox Pavilion. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sterling Brown has more of an offensive role in summer-league loss to Mavericks," 8 July 2018 Apple’s sales in China first tumbled in 2016, and the business has never fully recovered. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple’s China Problem May Require a New iPhone," 30 Jan. 2019

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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

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recover

verb

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

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 \
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 \
recovered; recovering\ -​(ə-​)riŋ \

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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recover

transitive verb
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər \

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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