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 In the end, however, many of the cases were resolved through settlements, allowing businesses to recover some or all of what they were owed. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "Minor league baseball teams the latest to sue insurance companies for failing to pay business interruption insurance," 9 July 2020 As other assets recover from the coronavirus meltdown and even exceed prepandemic highs, natural gas has lagged behind. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "The World Can’t Take Much More Shale Gas," 7 July 2020 President Trump has championed the promise of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 despite early doubts that the anti-malarial drugs could help patients recover faster or prevent healthy people from getting the coronavirus. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "'Based on bad science': Trump adviser criticizes FDA after new study backs hydroxychloroquine," 7 July 2020 Though many young patients without preexisting conditions recover easily, the average hospitalization age is decreasing, too. Kristi Sturgill, Los Angeles Times, "Riverside County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus cases. That wasn’t supposed to happen yet," 7 July 2020 Blockchain technology can be a vital driver of the new normal as industries and economies recover from the pandemic, but the government’s role in regulating blockchain technology must be understood. Jonathan Johnson, Fortune, "Overstock CEO: How blockchain can help pull us out of the coronavirus recession," 7 July 2020 Still, how quickly pubs recover will largely depend on how willing punters are to leave the lockdown behind. Bloomberg.com, "England’s Pubs Reopen, Just Don’t Try to Drink at the Bar," 4 July 2020 Slower-to-recover industries like government and information services point to a deeper economic shock than that from widespread stay-at-home orders. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Unemployment rate fell to 11.1% in June, with 4.8 million jobs added," 2 July 2020 The findings show that these exploratory techniques are useful in detecting underwater archaeological sites, said the authors, who hope they can be used to systematically recover and investigate ancient artifacts. Jack Guy, CNN, "Archaeologists find ancient Aboriginal sites underwater, off the coast of Australia," 1 July 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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31 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Recover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recover. Accessed 8 Aug. 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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