Definitions for recoverrɪˈkʌv ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re-cov•erriˈkʌv ər(v.t.)

  1. to cover again.

re•cov•errɪˈkʌv ər(v.t.)

  1. to get back or regain (something lost or taken away).

  2. to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc.) to oneself.

  3. to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself).

  4. to obtain by judgment in a court of law. to acquire title to through judicial process.

    Category: Law

  5. to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.

  6. to regain (a substance) in usable form; reclaim.

  7. (v.i.)to regain one's health, strength, composure, balance, etc., after illness, trouble, disturbance, or the like (sometimes fol. by from):

    to recover from the flu.

  8. to regain a former and better state or condition.

  9. to obtain a favorable judgment in a suit for something.

    Category: Law

  10. to make a recovery, as in a sport or game.

Origin of recover:

1300–50; ME < AF recoverer, OF recovrer < L recuperāre to regain, recuperate


Princeton's WordNet

  1. recover, retrieve, find, regain(verb)

    get or find back; recover the use of

    "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"

  2. recuperate, recover, convalesce(verb)

    get over an illness or shock

    "The patient is recuperating"

  3. recover, go back, recuperate(verb)

    regain a former condition after a financial loss

    "We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90"; "The company managed to recuperate"

  4. recover, recoup, recuperate(verb)

    regain or make up for

    "recuperate one's losses"

  5. reclaim, recover(verb)

    reuse (materials from waste products)

  6. recover(verb)

    cover anew

    "recover a chair"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. recover(verb)ɪˈkʌv ər

    to feel better after being sick, a bad experience, etc.

    She is recovering from her illness.; The stock market has not yet recovered.

  2. recoverɪˈkʌv ər

    to get back sth lost or stolen

    The soldiers went back to recover the bodies.; The family will never recover the money.

  3. recoverɪˈkʌv ər

    to be able to use or feel again

    She gradually recovered the use of her legs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recover(verb)

    to cover again

  2. Recover(verb)

    to get or obtain again; to get renewed possession of; to win back; to regain

  3. Recover(verb)

    to make good by reparation; to make up for; to retrieve; to repair the loss or injury of; as, to recover lost time

  4. Recover(verb)

    to restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; to bring back to life or health; to cure; to heal

  5. Recover(verb)

    to overcome; to get the better of, -- as a state of mind or body

  6. Recover(verb)

    to rescue; to deliver

  7. Recover(verb)

    to gain by motion or effort; to obtain; to reach; to come to

  8. Recover(verb)

    to gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for injury or debt; as, to recover damages in trespass; to recover debt and costs in a suit at law; to obtain title to by judgement in a court of law; as, to recover lands in ejectment or common recovery; to gain by legal process; as, to recover judgement against a defendant

  9. Recover(verb)

    to regain health after sickness; to grow well; to be restored or cured; hence, to regain a former state or condition after misfortune, alarm, etc.; -- often followed by of or from; as, to recover from a state of poverty; to recover from fright

  10. Recover(verb)

    to make one's way; to come; to arrive

  11. Recover(verb)

    to obtain a judgement; to succeed in a lawsuit; as, the plaintiff has recovered in his suit

  12. Recover(noun)



  1. Recover

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recover' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4452

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recover' in Verbs Frequency: #399

Translations for recover

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to become well again; to return to good health etc

He is recovering from a serious illness; The country is recovering from an economic crisis.

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