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 county has also reported a total of 1,834 recoveries from the virus. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "‘Good news’ continues in Dallas County as its reports 178 new coronavirus cases and 1 death," 24 May 2020 Magdalena Jaime doesn't know what her son's road to recovery will look like going forward. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'God had such mercy': Mother of 19-year-old Westgate shooting victim speaks about son's recovery," 23 May 2020 Meanwhile, researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces are testing Artemisia annua extracts to determine its effectiveness in speeding recovery from the virus. Aryn Baker, Time, "'Could It Work as a Cure? Maybe.' A Herbal Remedy for Coronavirus Is a Hit in Africa, But Experts Have Their Doubts," 22 May 2020 That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in US history. BostonGlobe.com, "Trump calls houses of worship ‘essential services’," 22 May 2020 The industry experienced a steady recovery from the end of April, when the number of cattle, hogs, and sheep being slaughtered was about 40% lower than the same time a year earlier, according to daily production data by the USDA. USA Today, "Cheap chicken, beef came at a cost. How American meat plants bred coronavirus hot spots.," 22 May 2020 That hesitancy could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history — comparable only to the Great Depression almost 90 years ago. Anchorage Daily News, "Even where virus accelerates, lockdowns are cracking open," 22 May 2020 Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots is sharing an emotional update on her husband's recovery from coronavirus. Rasha Ali, USA TODAY, "'That's not how his story ends': Nick Cordero's wife Amanda Kloots shares emotional update," 20 May 2020 If tensions continue to escalate, the dispute could morph into a damaging conflict that not only weakens the world's recovery from Covid-19, but also risks slowing important technological innovations. Laura He, CNN, "A US-China trade war is the last thing the world economy needs now," 19 May 2020

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First Known Use of recovery

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Recovery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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recovery

noun
How to pronounce recovery (audio)

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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