[ ri-kuhv-er ]
/ rɪˈkʌv ər /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of recover

1300–50; Middle English recoveren < Middle French recoverer < Latin recuperāre to regain, recuperate


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.
9 heal, mend, recuperate; rally.

Related forms

re·cov·er·er, noun

Can be confused

re-cover recover

Definition for recover (2 of 2)


[ 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

Can be confused

re-cover recover Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for recover (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈkʌvə) /


Derived Forms

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)


/ (riːˈkʌvə) /

verb (tr)

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