recover

verb (1)
re·​cov·​er | \ ri-ˈkə-vər How to pronounce recover (audio) \
recovered; recovering\ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​riŋ How to pronounce recovering (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 recoverability (audio) , -​ˌkəv-​rə-​ \ noun
recoverable \ ri-​ˈkə-​və-​rə-​bəl How to pronounce recoverable (audio) , -​ˈkəv-​rə-​ \ adjective
recoverer \ ri-​ˈkə-​vər-​ər How to pronounce recoverer (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 For time ylost, this know ye, By no way may recovered be. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 In its third game Friday evening against Westlake, St. Francis fell behind in the second half and this time couldn’t recover, suffering a 41-35 nonleague loss at home. Steve Goldstein, Glendale News-Press, "St. Francis football not able to fight way back against Westlake," 13 Sep. 2019 The aim of the suits is to recover money from talent agencies, performers, vendors, and other entities that were paid to promote and carry out the infamously disastrous festival. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kendall Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, and Other Stars Are Officially Being Sued Over Fyre Festival Payments," 1 Sep. 2019 As the plants and animals of these forests are not fire adapted, many die and the ecosystem may take decades to recover. Colin Beale, Quartz Africa, "Scientists say comparing the Amazon rainforest fires to burning grasslands in Africa is misleading," 31 Aug. 2019 Her Native American mother never mentally recovered after Irish settlers raped her. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rashad Armstead fills a bag of French fries at his restaurant, Grammie's Down-Home Chicken, in Oakland.," 30 Aug. 2019 In financial year 2019, Rs70,000 crore ($9.74 billion) was recovered through the IBC, according to credit ratings agency CRISIL. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "Arun Jaitley: From 19 months in prison to the high table of Indian economic affairs," 24 Aug. 2019 This potentially devastating act, though averted, is not going to be an easy one to recover from. Rachel Paige, refinery29.com, "Tyler's 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Struggle Isn't Going To Just Go Away In Season 3," 24 Aug. 2019 Cambodia has been through so much and is still trying to recover, but the people are so beautiful and so strong. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie Opens Up About Helping the Planet, Raising Strong Children, and Her New Mon Guerlain Perfume Campaign," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for recover

The first known use of recover was in the 14th century

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recover

verb
How to pronounce re-cover (audio)

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
How to pronounce re-cover (audio)

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 recovering (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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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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