recovery

noun

re·​cov·​ery ri-ˈkə-və-rē How to pronounce recovery (audio)
-ˈkəv-rē
plural recoveries
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Transfers from two-year colleges to four-year institutions led the growth, increasing by 7.7%, a healthy recovery from a 4.3% decline seen in the prior year. Michael T. Nietzel, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 China’s price-conscious shoppers are trading down amid a fragile economic recovery, delivering a boon to firms that cater to the trend while adding pressure on premium brands. Ishika Mookerjee, Fortune Asia, 28 Feb. 2024 Safety Brandon Jones has now managed to win over two defensive coordinators, with a torn ACL recovery in between. Barry Jackson, Miami Herald, 28 Feb. 2024 And what really helped me the first part of recovery was seeing South Carolina get such a great coach by the name of Eddie Fogler. Scott Fowler, Charlotte Observer, 28 Feb. 2024 Amid a box office recovery for Hollywood coming out of the pandemic, Imax is looking to leverage increasing demand for new and upgraded theater systems around the world. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Feb. 2024 Ransomware groups' quick recoveries from recent law enforcement operations contrast with earlier cases when actual arrests were made—almost always arrests of ransomware group members or partners outside of Russia. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 27 Feb. 2024 But headwinds remain for the organization and the world’s economy, particularly as the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic remains uneven across nations. Jon Gambrell, Quartz, 26 Feb. 2024 The team expected him to be cleared to return at some point on their trip, so getting him back against Washington is a sign that the final stages of his recovery went smoothly. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 26 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of recovery was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Recovery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery ri-ˈkəv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce recovery (audio)
plural recoveries
: the act or process or an instance of recovering

Medical Definition

recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery ri-ˈkəv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce recovery (audio)
plural recoveries
: the act of regaining or returning toward a normal or healthy state

Legal Definition

recovery

noun
re·​cov·​ery ri-ˈkə-və-rē How to pronounce recovery (audio)
plural recoveries
1
: the act, process, or fact of recovering
2
a
: 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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