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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Most people recover after a few days but severe cases can involve brain swelling, and in extremely rare cases, death. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Rift Valley Fever Could Be the Next Global Health Crisis For Pregnant Women," 10 Jan. 2019 The federal government, however, does not determine how districts recover debts from families, and some districts use punitive measures to settle students’ meal accounts. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 More than half of the cases have resulted in death (including those of 17 health workers), while 177 patients have recovered, including a newborn baby. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1 million residents," 14 Dec. 2018 The browser never recovered, and given Chrome and Chromium’s massive market share, developers started prioritizing that engine instead. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs," 6 Dec. 2018 Turkish authorities recovered the audio from Khashoggi's iPhone and his iCloud account, the newspaper said. Fox News, "Newspaper says Turkey has audio of Saudi writer's slaying," 14 Oct. 2018 Photo number seven helps recover the sloppiness with a photo in a very fahncy restaurant. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Weeknd Wished Bella Hadid a Happy Birthday on Instagram with Intimate Photos and Videos," 9 Oct. 2018 Luckily, the Justices are not scheduled to return to office for official business until January 4, which gives Justice Ginsburg some extra time to recover. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Been Released from the Hospital Following Lung Cancer Surgery," 26 Dec. 2018 Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giving the fighters more time to recover. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Wilder hoping for a rematch with Fury ‘ASAP’," 4 Dec. 2018

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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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