re·​cov·​er·​ing ri-ˈkə-və-riŋ How to pronounce recovering (audio)
: being in the process of overcoming a disorder or shortcoming
a recovering alcoholic
a still-bookish recovering academic with a tendency to live in his headJon Spayde

Examples of recovering in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plus, its 3-hour battery life means less charging, and more recovering. Talene Appleton, Men's Health, 31 Jan. 2023 She was taken to a hospital with punctures and lacerations and is stable and recovering. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Nov. 2022 Instead of ignoring that muscle or ligament strain, see a qualified health care provider and expect to spend a few weeks to a month or more recovering, depending on the severity of the injury, your age and other factors. Melanie Radzicki McManus, CNN, 10 Aug. 2022 Your Socialist Government spending flooded a recovering post COVID economy and created inflation! Mark Heim |, al, 8 June 2022 The Omaha police officer shot twice by a shoplifting suspect at Nebraska’s largest mall Friday is stable and recovering, police announced Saturday. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 14 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of recovering was in 1977

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Cite this Entry

“Recovering.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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