- to cover again or anew.
Origin of re-cover
- to get back or regain (something lost or taken away): to recover a stolen watch.
- to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself).
- to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself).
- 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.
- to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.
- to regain (a substance) in usable form, as from refuse material or from a waste product or by-product of manufacture; reclaim.
- Military. to return (a weapon) to a previously held position in the manual of arms.
- Football. to gain or regain possession of (a fumble): They recovered the ball on their own 20-yard line.
- to regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like (often followed by from): to recover from an illness.
- to regain a former and better state or condition: The city soon recovered from the effects of the earthquake.
- to regain one's strength, composure, balance, etc.
- Law. to obtain a favorable judgment in a suit for something.
- Football. to gain or regain possession of a fumble: The Giants recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
- to make a recovery in fencing or rowing.
Origin of recover
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Examples from the Web for recovered
He contracted pneumonia, but he recovered and returned to demonstrating.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
In his backpack, which police say he dropped before fleeing, they recovered three hammers in plastic wrapping.The High-Priced Union Rep Charged With Attacking a Cop
December 19, 2014
The last body finally was recovered from the bowels of the ship in October.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
Some urban cores have recovered nicely, but most often the surrounding city areas have continued to see slow or negative growth.The Progressives’ War on Suburbia
November 16, 2014
This is a list of seven extraordinary items that were recovered by ordinary individuals just going about their day.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance
The Daily Beast
October 24, 2014
Besides, the five thousand dollars were gone and not likely to be recovered.
The young man himself had recovered his spirits wonderfully.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Physically he had considerably improved, but mentally he was not yet recovered.
Who, that has once trespassed with them, ever recovered his virtue?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
They were recovered and brought back, after a chase of a mile.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
- (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
- (tr)to gain (something) by the judgment of a court of lawto recover damages
- (intr)to succeed in a lawsuit
- (tr) to obtain (useful substances) from waste
- (intr) (in fencing, swimming, rowing, etc) to make a recovery
- to cover again
- to provide (a piece of furniture, book, etc) with a new cover
Word Origin and History for recovered
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.