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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Meanwhile, the properties, mostly sold at the bottom of the real-estate bust, have gained in value by millions of dollars, partly because of the real-estate recovery and partly because of improvements made by the homes’ new owners. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "A Decade on, the Fate of Madoff’s Mansions," 21 June 2018 Yes, all nations deserve recovery and redemption from a horrid past. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 In addition to tracing the sweep of recovery and perseverance, Coming to My Senses digs into the psychological underpinnings of why athletes push themselves to physical extremes. Heather Hansman, Outside Online, "The Newest Adventure Movies You Can Watch Right Now," 12 July 2018 The second act hangs on the bus accident in 1990 that nearly left Gloria paralyzed, including a rehab montage, recovery and, yes, a guest spot on the 1991 American Music Awards. Jordan Riefe, The Hollywood Reporter, "'On Your Feet!': Theater Review," 12 July 2018 USA Women's Sled Hockey goalie Gabby Graves-Wake talks on her recovery and perseverance through adaptive sports. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Arizona Marine veteran Gabby Graves-Wake finds victory in adaptive sports after accident," 4 July 2018 After about two dozen calls involving recovery and refurbishment, Ford is compiling a list of items that might be returned and planning to validate authenticity. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford receiving calls to return stolen Detroit train station property," 27 June 2018 Released in March 1992 by the now-defunct Fahil Publishing Company, Indian Recipes for a Healthy Heart belongs to that category of cookbooks written for patients in cardiac recovery and the people who don’t want to become them. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Senate race Scott and Nelson are competing hard for the votes of Puerto Ricans in Florida, with each calling himself a champion of post-Maria recovery efforts. Anthony Man, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Poll of Puerto Ricans in Florida has good news for Dems — and for Gov. Scott," 30 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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