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

The man’s body was located in a portion of the lake with very steep terrain, so special equipment was necessary to recover the man, officials said. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Body of missing Waterbury man found in Plymouth lake," 16 July 2019 Once on the scene, deputies were able to recover both weapons, Agee said. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Domestic shooting in eastern Jefferson County leaves man injured," 14 July 2019 This bathing and stocking event is pivotal in CPW’s efforts to recover the Boreal toad, which has experienced dramatic population declines over the past two decades. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Highly endangered high alpine Boreal Toads reintroduced in Colorado," 13 July 2019 Kollmann’s red-hot finish at the Palmer Golf Course allowed him to recover from a double bogey on the 12th hole. Anchorage Daily News, "Kurt Kollmann, Russell Marion share first-round lead at Alaska State Amateur," 12 July 2019 Some dolphin populations have yet to recover from the BP oil spill, Rowles said, mainly due to reproductive problems. Rocky Kistner, WIRED, "Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 Page is a senior lecturer at Teesside University in the UK, and has actually studied how to recover very specific samples of DNA from a bath. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "If you bought influencer bathwater, could you test it for DNA?," 12 July 2019 Parties looking to recover costs from power companies would have to prove a utility failed to manage its systems prudently or acted negligently. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Legislature passes wildfire liability bill in Sacramento, legislation heads to Newsom’s desk," 11 July 2019 But overall, Atlantic sturgeon appear to be slowly recovering after a species-wide fishing moratorium went into effect in 1998, according to a 2017 assessment by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Fox News, "Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, are showing signs of life," 10 July 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 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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recover

transitive verb
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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