verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Nearby words

  1. recordkeeping,
  2. recount,
  3. recountal,
  4. recoup,
  5. recourse,
  6. recoverable,
  7. recoverable error,
  8. recovered memory,
  9. recovery,
  10. recovery room

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 formsre·cov·er·er, noun

Can be confusedre-cover recover



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

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
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