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 Raphael House of Portland provides emergency shelter and wraparound services to help survivors of domestic violence recover from trauma and achieve lasting safety, stability and well-being. The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "What it’s meant to local nonprofits to be part of the 2020 Season of Sharing campaign," 25 Dec. 2020 The much-touted monoclonal antibody treatments that helped President Trump and several members of his administration recover from the coronavirus are sitting idle in many Bay Area hospitals because of staffing, regulatory and logistical problems. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Shortage of staff, regulations keep monoclonal treatments for COVID on Bay Area hospital shelves," 23 Dec. 2020 Murphy and Sweeney said the project could be a catalyst to helping the state recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Kim Jarrett, Washington Examiner, "New Jersey investing $250M in project to build turbines for offshore wind farms," 23 Dec. 2020 That follows two consecutive increases and comes amid evidence that the economy continues to recover from the spring’s shutdowns, but at a slower pace. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of November 30," 4 Dec. 2020 That follows two consecutive increases and comes amid evidence that the economy continues to recover from the spring’s shutdowns, but at a slower pace. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "U.S. Unemployment Claims Fell Last Week After Recent Rise," 3 Dec. 2020 The New Orleans area added 7,700 jobs from September to October as business continues to recover during the coronavirus pandemic, but the region still had 56,600 fewer jobs than a year ago. Tim Boone, NOLA.com, "New Orleans adds 7,700 jobs, but still down from a year ago; here's how it compares to 2019," 1 Dec. 2020 Trubisky has been healthy enough to practice fully this week while Foles continues to recover. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Bears seek to end 4-game skid as they visit Green Bay," 27 Nov. 2020 Bank failures depend on recovery Matt Anderson, managing director of Trepp LLC, which tracks commercial real estate markets, said the ultimate number of bank failures will depend on whether the economy continues to recover. Michael Braga, USA TODAY, "Two small banks failed in October. They won't be the last if COVID leaves some businesses struggling to pay loans.," 20 Nov. 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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9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Recover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recover. Accessed 20 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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