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.
Recent Examples on the Web He’s expected to make a full recovery, according to the Grizzlies. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 May 2022 Little is expected to make a full recovery and the surgery will not impact his return from shoulder surgery on Feb. 1, the team said in a statement. oregonlive, 10 May 2022 Morant is expected to make a full recovery, but he is described as doubtful to return for the remainder of the postseason. Trisha Easto, USA TODAY, 10 May 2022 Both children are expected to make a full recovery. Fox News, 6 May 2022 The art, antiques and design fair is still working to return to form, but all signs point to a full recovery in the coming years. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 6 May 2022 The Magic said Suggs is expected to resume basketball activities this summer and make a full recovery for the start of training camp. Khobi Price, Orlando Sentinel, 2 May 2022 Taylor Cooper, said Pacheco is expected to make a full recovery. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Taylor said the boy remains in stable condition and should make a full recovery. Hannah Kohut, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of recovery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 May 2022

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“Recovery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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.


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


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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