recover

verb re·cov·er \ ri-ˈkə-vər \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of recover

recovered; recovering play \ri-ˈkə-və-riŋ, -ˈkəv-riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to get back : regain
2 a : to bring back to normal position or condition
  • stumbled, then recovered himself
b archaic : rescue
3 a : 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
6 a : 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

recoverability

play \ri-ˌkə-və-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌkəv-rə-\ noun

recoverable

play \ri-ˈkə-və-rə-bəl, -ˈkəv-rə-\ adjective

recoverer

play \ri-ˈkə-vər-ər\ noun

Examples of recover in a Sentence

  1. She had a heart attack but is recovering well.

  2. Share prices will be down until the economy recovers.

  3. She recovered consciousness in the hospital.

  4. I slipped, but somehow recovered my balance.

  5. He suffered a stroke and hasn't yet recovered the use of his left arm.

  6. The police recovered his stolen wallet.

  7. The program helps users recover computer files that have been deleted.

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Origin and Etymology of recover

Middle English, from Anglo-French recoverer, from Latin recuperare, from re- + *caperare, from Latin capere to take — more at heave


re-cover

verb re-cov·er \ (ˌ)rē-ˈkə-vər \

Definition of re-cover

transitive verb
: to cover again or anew

First Known Use of re-cover

15th century



RECOVER Defined for English Language Learners

recover

verb

Definition of recover for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of re-cover for English Language Learners

  • : to cover (something) again : to put a new cover on (something)


RECOVER Defined for Kids

recover

verb re·cov·er \ ri-ˈkə-vər \

Definition of recover for Students

recovered; recovering
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.

Medical Dictionary

recover

intransitive verb re·cov·er \ ri-ˈkəv-ər \

medical Definition of recover

recovered; recovering play \-(ə-)riŋ\
: to regain a normal position or condition (as of health)
  • recovering from the effects of a cold

Law Dictionary

recover

transitive verb re·cov·er \ ri-ˈkə-vər \

legal Definition of recover

1 : to get back or get back an equivalent for
  • recover costs through higher prices
2 a : 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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