recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery | \ ri-ˈkə-və-rē How to pronounce recovery (audio) , -ˈkəv-rē\
plural recoveries

Definition of recovery

1 : the act, process, or an instance of recovering especially : an economic upturn (as after a depression)
2 : the process of combating a disorder (such as alcoholism) or a real or perceived problem

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Examples of recovery in a Sentence

This policy may slow the pace of economic recovery. We hope for the recovery of the stolen paintings. Their mission was the recovery of the space capsule.
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The stock recovery is concurrent with a relaxation in trade tensions between the U.S. and China. Thomas Heath, Washington Post, "Stocks rise for week on easing of U.S.-China trade tensions, erasing August losses," 13 Sep. 2019 Based on the most recent developments, Steve Castner is on the rebound and research shows many do make a full recovery from encephalitis over time. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "After illness, Lakota East softball coach Steve Castner recuperating, hoping for return," 13 Sep. 2019 The dace’s recovery is just one of several fish species that have seen comebacks in recent years. oregonlive, "Fully recovered Oregon fish set to be removed from endangered species list," 12 Sep. 2019 But Comito said that recovery is ahead of schedule. Dee-ann Durbin And Adriana Gomez Licon, chicagotribune.com, "Tourist-dependent Bahamas says it’s still open for business," 12 Sep. 2019 Poorer households experienced the strongest income gains, a significant reversal after decades of rising inequality and a sign that the recovery is at last delivering income gains to middle-class and low-income families. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Share of Americans With Health Insurance Declined in 2018," 10 Sep. 2019 China’s recovery of sovereignty over the former British colony is a matter of national pride that reversed a century and a half of colonial humiliation. Chris Buckley, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong crisis tests confidence in Xi’s iron grasp," 7 Sep. 2019 But after the Great Recession, economic recovery was slow in Pueblo. Anna Staver, The Denver Post, "Built by steel, baked by the sun: Pueblo is steeped in tradition, but a new leader hopes to grow this southern Colorado city," 1 Sep. 2019 Despite her injuries, she's expected to make a full recovery, her parents said. Amanda Jackson And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "A 17-month-old injured in a shooting spree in West Texas to undergo surgery, mom says," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of recovery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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recovery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of recovery

: the act or process of becoming healthy after an illness or injury : the act or process of recovering
: the act or process of returning to a normal state after a period of difficulty
: the return of something that has been lost, stolen, etc.

recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery | \ ri-ˈkə-və-rē How to pronounce recovery (audio) , -ˈkəv-rē\
plural recoveries

Kids Definition of recovery

: the act or process of regaining or returning to a normal or usual state She made a full recovery.

recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery | \ ri-ˈkəv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce recovery (audio) \
plural recoveries

Medical Definition of recovery

: the act of regaining or returning toward a normal or healthy state

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recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery | \ ri-ˈkə-və-rē How to pronounce recovery (audio) \
plural recoveries

Legal Definition of recovery

1 : the act, process, or fact of recovering
2a : the obtaining, getting back, or vindication of a right or property by judgment or decree especially : the obtaining of damages
b : an amount awarded by or collected as a result of a judgment or decree

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