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

Example Sentences

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 Caroline Bryan is sharing an update on her recovery after having hip surgery. Charmaine Patterson, Peoplemag, 18 Nov. 2022 In the study, published in JAMA Network last month, over a third of those infected with COVID who didn’t take Paxlovid still experienced a recurrence of their symptoms two days after their initial recovery. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2022 Political observers said Navarro’s criminal and drug history might have deterred some voters, even though Navarro was open about his recovery from drug addiction tied to post traumatic stress disorder from his time served as a combat veteran. oregonlive, 17 Nov. 2022 Each shirt costs $25 and 100% of all proceeds will be placed in an account for her recovery. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 16 Nov. 2022 Prices of dollar bonds of developers that haven’t defaulted on their debt—including Agile Group Holdings Ltd. and Longfor Group Holdings Ltd.—also rose sharply from deeply distressed levels, as investors placed bets on their potential recovery. Lingling Wei, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2022 Following a 10-month leave of absence from the station, Edwards officially stepped down in October 2021 to focus on her recovery. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 Despite their recovery, Dylan shared that getting through the illness was a tough time for the family. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 13 Nov. 2022 But players come up to him during games, congratulating him on his recovery. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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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