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recover

[ ri-kuhv-er ]
/ rɪˈkʌv ər /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of recover

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English recoveren, from Middle French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre “to regain”; see origin at recuperate

synonym study for recover

1. Recover, reclaim, retrieve are to regain literally or figuratively something or someone. To recover is to obtain again what one has lost possession of: to recover a stolen jewel. To reclaim is to bring back from error or wrongdoing, or from a rude or undeveloped state: to reclaim desert land by irrigation. To retrieve is to bring back or restore, especially something to its former, prosperous state: to retrieve one's fortune.

OTHER WORDS FROM recover

re·cov·er·er, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH recover

re-cover, recover

Other definitions for recover (2 of 2)

re-cover
[ ree-kuhv-er ]
/ riˈkʌv ər /

verb (used with object)
to cover again or anew.

Origin of re-cover

1375–1425; late Middle English recoveren;see re-, cover

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH re-cover

re-cover , recover
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British Dictionary definitions for recover (1 of 2)

recover
/ (rɪˈkʌvə) /

verb

Derived forms of recover

recoverable, adjectiverecoverability, nounrecoverer, noun

Word Origin for recover

C14: from Old French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre recuperate

British Dictionary definitions for recover (2 of 2)

re-cover
/ (riːˈkʌvə) /

verb (tr)
to cover again
to provide (a piece of furniture, book, etc) with a new cover
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