recover

verb (1)
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce recover (audio) \
recovered; recovering\ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce recover (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 re-cover (audio) , -​ˌkəv-​rə-​ \ noun
recoverable \ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce re-cover (audio) , -​ˈkəv-​rə-​ \ adjective
recoverer \ ri-​ˈkə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce re-cover (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 After consulting with the Victoria County Health Department and the non-profits Feeding America and Feeding Texas, the food bank decided to close for a deep cleaning of its facilities and to give staff enough time to recover, the Facebook post said. Taylor Pettaway, ExpressNews.com, "Coronavirus outbreak temporarily closes a South Texas food bank," 15 Jan. 2021 Judging by the new results, however, life’s diversity may not recover quickly. Riley Black, Scientific American, "Earth’s Biodiversity Bursts Do Not Follow Expected Pattern," 14 Jan. 2021 Republicans may recover next year the way minority parties usually do in a new president’s first midterm election — with an oppositional message against Democrats. New York Times, "Republicans Splinter Over Whether to Make a Full Break From Trump," 7 Jan. 2021 Even Nick Saban’s daughter threw out a theory on Twitter that Ohio State wants to buy time for quarterback Justin Fields to recover from an unspecified torso/rib injury suffered in the semifinals. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: COVID-19 wreaking havoc with college football to the very end," 5 Jan. 2021 Grier said Tagovailoa and the Miami training staff worked hard after the quarterback joined the Dolphins to recover from the injury, particularly with the constrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Dolphins plan to build around Tua Tagovailoa," 5 Jan. 2021 Bodies were everywhere and Gallman did recover the fumble. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "5 takeaways from Cowboys-Giants: Dallas’ season ends after some questionable decisions vs. NYG," 3 Jan. 2021 Hotels in big cities like New York or Chicago that depend on business travelers will take a particularly long time to recover from the crisis, Mr. Bellisario said. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Hotel Owners Continue to Reel From the Pandemic," 2 Jan. 2021 Will Richardson, who had surgery on his left thumb on Dec. 2, remains on schedule to return in as soon as six weeks but could take more time to fully recover and take the court for the No. 25 Ducks. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks hoping point guard Will Richardson returns between mid-January and Feb. 1," 23 Dec. 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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Last Updated

21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Recover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recover. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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 recover (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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