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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Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for The Wall Street Journal With an annual budget of $340 million, the county borrowed $250 million to pay for the recovery. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Hurricane-Torn Air Force Base’s Recovery Stalls as Congress Lingers on Disaster Aid," 4 May 2019 The decision to push the recovery past the one-year mark on Porzingis’ knee injury was essentially an admission by the Mavericks that their focus was on 2019-20. Schuyler Dixon, The Seattle Times, "Euro swap for Mavs: Porzingis joins Doncic as Dirk moves on," 11 Apr. 2019 While the government notes that the tsunami's third and final wave hit right before the warning ending, the larger issue of warning awareness looms large in the recovery. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Indonesia's Tsunami Warning System Hasn't Been Operational Since 2012," 1 Oct. 2018 A month after severe March flooding swept the Midwest, the Missouri River is still running high, complicating recovery for many communities in the region. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Midwest Braces for Long Recovery After Devastating Floods," 21 Apr. 2019 The process of getting better is never a bump-free road, and recovery is also not a straight path. Stephanie Dubick, SELF, "How to Show Up for Someone You Love With Body Dysmorphic Disorder," 16 Apr. 2019 Former Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett said vigilance during the region’s recovery after historic floods in 2008 is among Loebsack’s most lasting legacies. Scott Mcfetridge, The Seattle Times, "7-term Iowa Democrat Rep. Loebsack won’t seek re-election," 12 Apr. 2019 Since the outbreak, the number of participants enrolled in substance abuse recovery groups in Scott County has increased by 500%. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 His father, Justin Childress, says his son appears to have a long recovery ahead of him. CBS News, "Giant hogweed sends Virginia teen to hospital, burn unit," 13 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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