verb (used with object)
- to obtain by judgment in a court of law, or by legal proceedings: to recover damages for a wrong.
- to acquire title to through judicial process: to recover land.
verb (used without object)
Origin of recover
Synonyms for recover
- (tr)to gain (something) by the judgment of a court of lawto recover damages
- (intr)to succeed in a lawsuit
Word Origin 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.