recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery | \ri-ˈkə-və-rē, -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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In many severe stroke cases, a patient who waits more than an hour for a thrombectomy has lower chances of a full recovery. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "For Treating Severe Strokes, All Hospitals Aren’t Equal," 28 Nov. 2018 Thankfully, the machine cycles between heat and cold blasts of air, so your body has a moment of recovery. Tara Lamont, Harper's BAZAAR, "I Decided to Laser my Fat," 15 Oct. 2018 In the three-year followup of UD’s recovery from surgery, the researchers tracked how his brain was functioning using fMRI—functional magnetic resonance imaging, which measures brain activity by monitoring changes in blood flow. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy’s brain—now he’s doing just fine," 1 Aug. 2018 Waterways are now showing signs of recovery, as are the upper layers of soil, although they are still strained by the acid deposits. Lisa Rathke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pollution regulations decrease acid rain, spur red spruce rebound," 11 July 2018 This could undo all the good the tax cuts have done and derail what could the best economy of the recovery. NBC News, "Trade war threatens continued job growth, economists say," 6 July 2018 In the final stages of recovery, the turtle is transferred to a different part of the aquarium where human interaction is kept to a minimum to simulate conditions in the wild. Alex Park, Houston Chronicle, "Critically endangered sea turtle species now at Texas State Aquarium," 5 July 2018 The Great Recession and the years of recovery that followed largely masked the problem. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "America's Trucker Shortage Is Hitting Home," 27 June 2018 What’s more, GE’s oilfield offerings were still limited compared to its rivals, constraining growth in the event of a recovery. Rick Clough, Bloomberg.com, "GE Exits Health, Oil as CEO Shrinks Onetime Titan to Save It," 26 June 2018

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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, -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 \
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 \
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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