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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Recent Examples on the Web Edwards said it's been hard being away from her fellow officers during her recovery. Beatrice Peterson, ABC News, 14 Oct. 2021 Markets have been choppy for weeks as investors try to figure out how the economy will continue its recovery with COVID-19 remaining a threat and rising inflation potentially crimping consumer spending and corporate finances. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 13 Oct. 2021 Strong-side linebacker Mase Funa, who’s played the past two weeks, is further along in his recovery from a foot injury. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 Young attributes her recovery to the dedicated team of health care workers who didn’t give up, even as her lungs weakened past the typical point of return. Hallie Miller, baltimoresun.com, 12 Oct. 2021 Following his recovery from surgery, to ease him back to form, the Dodgers used him mostly out of the bullpen. Bernie Pleskoff, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Many women whose financial situation got worse during the pandemic believe their financial recovery could take as long as five years, according to the AARP report. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Other aircraft firms also reported an unusually strong market, as business aviation continues on its V-shaped recovery. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 12 Oct. 2021 In addition to the child care investments, our Governor is proposing investments in our DCYF direct care staff, our pediatric healthcare recovery, and our early intervention workforce. BostonGlobe.com, 12 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of recovery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recovery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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