recover

[ri-kuhv-er]
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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for recover-from

recover

verb

(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
law
  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
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Word Origin and History for recover-from

recover

v.

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.

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