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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Hiring has been slower than in many past recoveries, and wage growth has been anemic through much of the decade. Ben Casselman, New York Times, "Strong Jobs Report Eases Fears of Damage From Trade War," 5 July 2019 For lots of sober individuals or those in recovery, the choice to stop drinking comes at a cost. Cory Stieg, refinery29.com, "The Problem With Calling Sobriety A "Wellness Trend"," 5 July 2019 During this time of recovery, Hispanic women showed the most growth with employment rates for ages between 25 and 54 increasing by 2.2 percent since 2007. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "In 2019, Black And Brown Women Dominate The Job Force," 4 July 2019 OneDrive Personal Vault also includes the other protections Microsoft has previously built into OneDrive: ransomware protection, at-rest encryption, mass file deletion and recovery, virus scanning on download, and version history. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft adds OneDrive Personal Vault to secure your critical files and increases storage options," 25 June 2019 The package covers 75% of the damage, recovery, and reforestation costs, with the remaining 25% left up to farmers. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "WATCH: 3 Million Acres of Florida Timber Rotting Away 8 Months After Hurricane Michael," 20 June 2019 But despite incredible recoveries, both remain highly imperiled. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "These rare wolves are unique species. Here’s why that matters.," 5 Apr. 2019 Doctors agree that around six months is the ideal amount of leave both for a mother’s physical and mental recovery, as well as to reap the benefits of breastfeeding for a newborn and to get all of his or her vaccinations done. Bryce Covert, Glamour, "America Could at Last Pass Paid Leave. But What Good Is a Plan That Excludes Millions of Women?," 2 Apr. 2019 So thankful to everyone who looked after me #wobbly❤️ Fans commented to show their support and wish her a speedy recovery, and the media naturally reported the news. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Beckinsale Laughs Off Kate Middleton Mixup with the Most Perfect Reaction," 31 Jan. 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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