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 The Wildcats would try and answer but could never fully recover from the deficit as UT hit .455 compared to UK’s .216, enough for the 25-20 win in the opening frame. Dominique Yates, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky volleyball beats Texas to win first national championship in program history," 25 Apr. 2021 In this snowy yet colorful picture book, little Thuy uses her imagination to recover from a bullying incident at school, with help from her two mothers. Michelle Lee, New York Times, "Teach Your Kids to Resist Hatred Toward Asians," 24 Apr. 2021 Buybacks and dividends will probably recover, but their considerable growth during the decade after the global financial crisis wasn’t enough to prevent the accumulation of cash. Mike Bird, WSJ, "Stock Market Investors Must Keep an Eye on the Corporate Cash Mountain," 23 Apr. 2021 Air travel started to recover meaningfully in early March, with Transportation Security Administration data showing a steady rise in the number of people screened at airport security checkpoints relative to the same period in 2019. Niraj Chokshi, Star Tribune, "Airlines eager for summer to support recovery," 22 Apr. 2021 According to the World Health Organization, most Covid-19 patients recover and return to normal health two to six weeks after initial diagnosis. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Opera Singing Is Helping Long-Haul Covid-19 Patients Recover," 20 Apr. 2021 That fueled some key drivers that helped sales recover, including the explosion of e-commerce sales, a desire to elevate the at-home entertaining experience with premium drinks and brands, and an influx of new consumers. Rachel King, Fortune, "Back in the mood for bubbles: Champagne sales are popping again," 20 Apr. 2021 The committee also plans to consider ways to help San Diego’s tourism economy revive and explore ways to help the city’s arts and cultural institutions recover post-pandemic. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "New San Diego COVID-19 panel to focus on vaccine equity, innovations prompted by pandemic," 19 Apr. 2021 As vaccine eligibility expanded this week to Californians 16 and older and the state eyes a June 15 reopening date, not everyone will quickly recover from the recession’s disproportionate toll. Malavika Kannan, San Francisco Chronicle, "The COVID recession was harder on women. When will they rebound?," 19 Apr. 2021

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Recover.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recover. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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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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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