- to get back or regain (something lost or taken away): to recover a stolen watch.
- to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself).
- to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself).
- to obtain by judgment in a court of law, or by legal proceedings: to recover damages for a wrong.
- to acquire title to through judicial process: to recover land.
- to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.
- to regain (a substance) in usable form, as from refuse material or from a waste product or by-product of manufacture; reclaim.
- Military. to return (a weapon) to a previously held position in the manual of arms.
- Football. to gain or regain possession of (a fumble): They recovered the ball on their own 20-yard line.
- to regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like (often followed by from): to recover from an illness.
- to regain a former and better state or condition: The city soon recovered from the effects of the earthquake.
- to regain one's strength, composure, balance, etc.
- Law. to obtain a favorable judgment in a suit for something.
- Football. to gain or regain possession of a fumble: The Giants recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
- to make a recovery in fencing or rowing.
Origin of recover
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- to cover again or anew.
Origin of re-cover
Examples from the Web for recover
We need to recover and grow the idea that the proper answer to bad speech is more and better speech.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Women are more likely to recover sooner from birth and less likely to experience post-partum depression.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
This slows the rate of all the above processes and increases the chances that someone can recover quickly enough to wake up.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
It took decades for comics to recover and emerge as an adult art form.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
She literally had to lie down in between sessions in order to recover her strength.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
It has been our good luck to recover a portion of that history.Other Tales and Sketches
At first, when he began to recover, he tried to talk to her about it.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
We who were near to Helen have been slow to recover from the shock and the bitterness of her death.The Bacillus of Beauty
In the meantime, the man who had for so far lain insensible, began to recover slowly.Ridgeway
She could not recover her ease of mind until she had the certainty that she was still beloved.The Dream
- (tr) to find again or obtain the return of (something lost)
- to regain (loss of money, position, time, etc); recoup
- (of a person) to regain (health, spirits, composure, etc), as after illness, a setback, or a shock, etc
- to regain (a former and usually better condition)industry recovered after the war
- (tr)to gain (something) by the judgment of a court of lawto recover damages
- (intr)to succeed in a lawsuit
- (tr) to obtain (useful substances) from waste
- (intr) (in fencing, swimming, rowing, etc) to make a recovery
- to cover again
- to provide (a piece of furniture, book, etc) with a new cover
Word Origin and History for recover
c.1300, "to regain consciousness," from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer "come back, return; regain health; procure, get again" (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare "to recover" (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation). Meaning "to regain health or strength" is from early 14c.; sense of "to get (anything) back" is first attested mid-14c. Related: Recovered; recovering.