verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of recover

1300–50; Middle English recoveren < Middle French recoverer < Latin recuperāre to regain, recuperate
Related formsre·cov·er·er, noun
Can be confusedre-cover recover

Synonyms 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. 9. heal, mend, recuperate; rally.



verb (used with object)

to cover again or anew.

Origin of re-cover

1375–1425; late Middle English recoveren; see re-, cover
Can be confusedre-cover recover Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for recover

Contemporary Examples of recover

Historical Examples of recover

  • It has been our good luck to recover a portion of that history.

    Other Tales and Sketches

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • At first, when he began to recover, he tried to talk to her about it.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • We who were near to Helen have been slow to recover from the shock and the bitterness of her death.

  • In the meantime, the man who had for so far lain insensible, began to recover slowly.


    Scian Dubh

  • She could not recover her ease of mind until she had the certainty that she was still beloved.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for recover



(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
  1. (tr)to gain (something) by the judgment of a court of lawto recover damages
  2. (intr)to succeed in a lawsuit
(tr) to obtain (useful substances) from waste
(intr) (in fencing, swimming, rowing, etc) to make a recovery
Derived Formsrecoverable, adjectiverecoverability, nounrecoverer, noun

Word Origin for recover

C14: from Old French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre recuperate


verb (tr)

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



"to put a new cover on," c.1400, from re- "again" + cover (v.). Related: Re-covered; re-covering.

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