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 Green has played off the bench early in the season after recovering from an early hamstring problem. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball answers a lot of questions with impressive win over No. 19 Florida State," 4 Dec. 2019 Last month, Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall. Arkansas Online, "Jimmy Carter discharged from Georgia hospital," 4 Dec. 2019 The 95-year-old Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta last week after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall. Fox News, "Jimmy Carter hospitalized due to urinary tract infection, spokeswoman says," 3 Dec. 2019 Langford was just coming back from a left ankle sprain when he was assigned to Maine on Saturday after recovering from a right ankle sprain. BostonGlobe.com, "Morris has to sit out," 2 Dec. 2019 Last Wednesday, Carter was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta after recovering from surgery to relieve pressure on his brain caused by bleeding from a fall. NBC News, "Jimmy Carter hospitalized for urinary tract infection," 2 Dec. 2019 After recovering an onside kick to start the second half, St. Bernard’s took a 28-21 lead on a 1-yard sneak by Will Omey. Chace Bryson, SFChronicle.com, "NCS roundup: Clayton Valley wins NCS Division 2 football title," 1 Dec. 2019 The Broncos punted, but the muff was recovered by Josey Jewell (his second special teams fumble recovery in three games) at the Chargers’ 21. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Brandon McManus field goal at buzzer lifts Broncos past Chargers in Drew Lock’s debut," 1 Dec. 2019 This memoir traces his life in the year after, recovering from trauma through reading and reflection. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Mo Rocca to George Wallace," 26 Nov. 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 entry 1

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The first known use of recover was in the 14th century

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Recover.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovered. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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