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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Recent Examples on the Web The only threat Bastian sees to the recovery is a resurgence of the virus. BostonGlobe.com, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 The only threat Bastian sees to the recovery is a resurgence of the virus. David Koenig, Star Tribune, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 The only threat Bastian sees to the recovery is a resurgence of the virus. David Koenig, ajc, "A $1.2 billion loss for Delta, but recovery is on the radar," 15 Apr. 2021 While the economy has shown further signs of roaring back, Fed officials say the U.S. has a long road to recovery with many Americans still out of work and the virus still percolating. Olivia Rockeman, Fortune, "Surge in retail sales shows signs of U.S. economic recovery," 15 Apr. 2021 In addition to fiscal spending, monetary policy has been important to the economic recovery. Jeffrey Schulze, Forbes, "With Economy Recovering, Bull Market Has More Room To Run," 15 Apr. 2021 A year after the pandemic and a price war sparked one of the weakest months in history for oil prices, the global energy market is well on its way to recovery, the International Energy Agency said Wednesday. David Hodari, WSJ, "Oil Demand Is Recovering Despite Vaccination Hiccups, IEA Says," 14 Apr. 2021 Fox59 anchor Lindy Thackston is on her way to recovery after a nearly yearlong battle with rectal cancer. Holly V. Hays, The Indianapolis Star, "Fox59's Lindy Thackston rings the bell on chemo 1 year after rectal cancer diagnosis," 12 Apr. 2021 And patients like Piper have a long road to recovery. CBS News, "Hospitals open pediatric long-haul COVID units as children grapple with lingering virus effects," 12 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of recovery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Apr 2021

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“Recovery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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