noun, plural re·cov·er·ies.

Origin of recovery

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English word from Anglo-French word recoverie. See recover, -y3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -eries

the act or process of recovering, esp from sickness, a shock, or a setback; recuperation
restoration to a former or better condition
the regaining of something lost
the extraction of useful substances from waste
the recovery of a space capsule after a space flight
  1. the obtaining of a right, etc, by the judgment of a court
  2. (in the US) the final judgment or verdict in a case
fencing a return to the position of guard after making an attack
swimming rowing the action of bringing the arm, oar, etc, forward for another stroke
golf a stroke played from the rough or a bunker to the fairway or green
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Word Origin and History for recovery

mid-14c., "return to health," from Anglo-French recoverie (c.1300), Old French recovree "remedy, cure, recovery," from past participle stem of recovrer (see recover). Meaning "a gaining possession by legal action" is from early 15c. That of "act of righting oneself after a blunder, mishap, etc." is from 1520s.

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