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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Daley was taken to the hospital where he was treated, released and is expected to make a full recovery. Fox News, "Georgia cop holds on to suspect's vehicle as he's dragged onto freeway after traffic stop, video shows," 3 Aug. 2019 The running back is confident Mack has a lot of support and will make a smooth recovery. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "UCF RB Otis Anderson sure of challenges that injured QB Darriel Mack Jr. faces," 31 July 2019 Harbinson, who has been in recovery for more than 13 years, was one of three winners to receive a $10,000 grant in the inaugural Changemaker Challenge in 2017 for their innovative ideas to bring about social change. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County Changemaker Challenge winners put grants to good use," 29 July 2019 Another important step in recovery with a severe sunburn: staying hydrated. Amber Brenza, Health.com, "A Severe Sunburn Caused A 16-Year-Old Girl To Develop Protruding Blisters On Her Back," 26 July 2019 During the past two months, Higuita has spent his training time inside the facilities at Lake Sylvan Park, focusing on rehabilitation and making a slow recovery. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City’s Cristian Higuita begins next step of injury recovery," 25 July 2019 The fruit also contains a unique amino acid that combats soreness and aids in muscle recovery. Callie Blount, al.com, "This watermelon ice pop recipe is a summer hit," 18 July 2019 While staying in recovery, Rue navigates her friendships and relationships — especially one with new student Jules, played by Hunter Schafer. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Zendaya's New Series Euphoria Renewed for a Second Season at HBO," 12 July 2019 Officials have announced a new aftercare program meant to help prison inmates in addiction recovery avoid relapse. USA TODAY, "Crystal Cathedral reborn Catholic, 'Conjuring' house, Wiki ‘editathon’: News from around our 50 states," 11 July 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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