What does recover mean?

Definitions for recover
rɪˈkʌv ərre·cov·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recover, retrieve, find, regainverb

    get or find back; recover the use of

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

  2. recuperate, recover, convalesceverb

    get over an illness or shock

    "The patient is recuperating"

  3. recover, go back, recuperateverb

    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, recuperateverb

    regain or make up for

    "recuperate one's losses"

  5. reclaim, recoververb

    reuse (materials from waste products)

  6. recoververb

    cover anew

    "recover a chair"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RECOVERverb

    Etymology: recouvrer, Fr. recupero, Lat.

    Every of us, each for his self, laboured how to recover him, while he rather daily sent us companions of our deceit, than ever return’d in any sound and faithful manner. Philip Sidney.

    Would my Lord were with the prophet; for he would recover him of his leprosy. 2 Kings v. 3.

    The clouds dispell’d, the sky resum’d her light,
    And nature stood recover’d of her fright. Dryden.

    Should we apply this precept only to those who are concerned to recover time they have lost, it would extend to the whole race of mankind. John Rogers.

    Even good men have many failings and lapses to lament and recover. John Rogers.

    Stay a while; and we’ll debate,
    By what safe means the crown may be recover’d. William Shakespeare.

    The spirit of the Lord is upon me, to preach the gospel to the poor, and recovering of sight to the blind. Luke iv. 18.

    Once in forty years cometh a pope, that casteth his eye upon the kingdom of Naples, to recover it to the church. Francis Bacon.

    These Italians, in despight of what could be done, recovered Tiliaventum. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    I who e’er while the happy garden sung,
    By one man’s disobedience lost, now sing
    Recover’d Paradise to all mankind,
    By one man’s firm obedience. John Milton, Paradise Regain’d.

    Any other person may join with him that is injured, and assist him in recovering from the offender so much, as may make satisfaction. John Locke.

    That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him. 2 Tim. ii. 26.

    The forest is not three leagues off;
    If we recover that, we’re sure enough. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Recoververb

    To grow well from a disease.

    Adam, by this from the cold sudden damp
    Recovering, his scatter’d spirits return’d. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recoververb

    to cover again

  2. Recoververb

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

  3. Recoververb

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

  4. Recoververb

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

  5. Recoververb

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

  6. Recoververb

    to rescue; to deliver

  7. Recoververb

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

  8. Recoververb

    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. Recoververb

    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. Recoververb

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

  11. Recoververb

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

  12. Recovernoun


  13. Etymology: [Pref. re- + cover: cf. F. recouvrir.]


  1. Recover

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Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recover

    rē-kuv′ėr, v.t. to cover again.

  2. Recover

    rē-kuv′ėr, v.t. to get possession of again: to make up for: to retrieve: to cure: to revive: to bring back to any former state: to rescue: to obtain as compensation: to obtain for injury or debt: to reconcile.—v.i. to regain health: to regain any former state: (law) to obtain a judgment.—n. recovery: the forward movement in rowing, after one stroke to take another.—n. Recoverabil′ity, the state of being recoverable.—adj. Recov′erable, that may be recovered or regained: capable of being brought to a former condition.—ns. Recov′erableness, the state of being recoverable: capability of being recovered; Recoveree′, one against whom a judgment is obtained in common recovery; Recov′erer, one who recovers; Recov′eror, one who recovers a judgment in common recovery; Recov′ery, the act of recovering: the act of regaining anything lost: restoration to health or to any former state: the power of recovering anything: (law) a verdict giving right to the recovery of debts or costs. [O. Fr. recovrer—L. recuperārere-, again, and Sabine cuprus, good; some suggest cupĕre, to desire.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. recover

    In tactics, a word of command in firing whereby the piece is brought from the position of aim to that of ready.

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recover in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recover in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of recover in a Sentence

  1. Katherine Belov:

    With time, we will get to really understand why some animals recover from chlamydia and why others don't, and that will help us develop therapies to treat koalas.

  2. David Wachenfeld:

    The early indications are that the mortality won’t be very high, we are hoping that we will see most of the coral that is bleached recover and we will end up with an event rather more like 2020 when, yes, there was mass bleaching, but there was low mortality.

  3. Gavin Andrews:

    Our field is using automated web based (cognitive behavioral therapy) courses to help people with anxiety and depressive disorders, with and without complicating physical disorders, to recover, we have done 25 randomized controlled trials and it is clear that the benefits are comparable to face to face therapy, that the benefits last, that the costs are small.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    The United States is helping to recover a brighter future for Venezuela. We're here to urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as they try to free themselves from former President Maduro's illegitimate mafia state.

  5. Umesh Agrawal:

    A comprehensive set of measures targeting efficiency improvements as well as setting tariffs to recover costs is required to prevent the situation becoming worse.

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