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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Investors need more signs China is on a committed path to recovery. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "China’s Economy Needs More Than a Valentine’s Surprise," 14 Feb. 2019 Five months after she was hospitalized in July for an apparent overdose, Demi Lovato took to Twitter on Friday evening to break her silence about her road to recovery. Vogue, "Demi Lovato Asks for Privacy on Her Road to Recovery," 22 Dec. 2018 Economists said the stimulus was vital to the economic recovery. Jim Puzzanghera, The Seattle Times, "A decade after the financial crisis, many Americans are still struggling to recover," 10 Sep. 2018 All three were then reportedly swept over the 98-foot drop, prompting a two-day search that eventually led to the recovery of their bodies. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Doing It for the ‘Gram Turns Deadly," 9 July 2018 To our loyal Wendy Watchers - To allow enough time for her shoulder recovery, Wendy will now return on Monday, January 21. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What's Really Happening With 'The Wendy Williams Show'," 11 Jan. 2019 According to the website, the two-hour show followed Beth and Dog from her diagnosis to her recovery. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Star Beth Chapman's Cancer Has Returned," 28 Nov. 2018 Changing the health system turns recovery into a strategic consideration, and such complications are always welcome. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review: War games, now with battle royale!," 19 Oct. 2018 When pressed for details, the same group will provide an injury prognosis in the terms of minutes and hours, as if recoveries can be measured with an egg timer. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "It's time for college football, NCAA to embrace injury reports with gambling influence rising," 3 July 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 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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