What does recovery mean?

Definitions for recovery
rɪˈkʌv ə rire·cov·e·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word recovery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recoverynoun

    return to an original state

    "the recovery of the forest after the fire was surprisingly rapid"

  2. convalescence, recuperation, recoverynoun

    gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury

  3. recovery, retrievalnoun

    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)


  1. recoverynoun

    The act or process of regaining or repossession of something lost.

  2. recoverynoun

    A return to normal health.

  3. recoverynoun

    A return to former status.

  4. recoverynoun

    Renewed growth after a slump (economy).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Recoverynoun

    Etymology: from recover.

    Your hopes are regular and reasonable, though in temporal affairs; such as are deliverance from enemies, and recovery from sickness. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of Living Holy.

    The sweat sometimes acid, is a sign of recovery after acute distempers. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    What should move me to undertake the recovery of this, being not ignorant of the impossibility? William Shakespeare.

    These counties were the keys of Normandy:
    But wherefore weeps Warwick?
    For grief that they are past recovery. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Mario Sanudo lived about the fourteenth age, a man full of zeal for the recovery of the Holy Land. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    The spirit of wantonness is sure scared out of him; if the devil have him not in see simple, with fine and recovery. William Shakespeare.


  1. Recovery

    Recovery is a song recorded by British singer and songwriter James Arthur. It was released by Syco Music on 9 December 2013 as the third single from his debut studio album James Arthur (2013). The song peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart and number 40 on the Irish Singles Chart.


  1. recovery

    Recovery generally refers to the process of returning back to a normal state or condition after being affected by a disaster, disease, situation, or event. This can involve rebuilding, healing, or bouncing back physically, mentally, financially, or economically, depending on the context. It is typically marked by an improvement or restoration of health, strength, functionality, or prosperity.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recoverynoun

    the act of recovering, regaining, or retaking possession

  2. Recoverynoun

    restoration from sickness, weakness, faintness, or the like; restoration from a condition of mistortune, of fright, etc

  3. Recoverynoun

    the obtaining in a suit at law of a right to something by a verdict and judgment of court

  4. Recoverynoun

    the getting, or gaining, of something not previously had

  5. Recoverynoun

    in rowing, the act of regaining the proper position for making a new stroke


  1. Recovery

    Recovery was a music and youth-oriented television series that was broadcast by ABC TV in Australia. The show was aired each Saturday morning from 9:00am to 12:00pm, following the overnight video clip program, Rage, and was broadcast from 20 April 1996 to 29 April 2000.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. recovery

    1. In air (aviation) operations, that phase of a mission which involves the return of an aircraft to a land base or platform afloat. 2. The retrieval of a mine from the location where emplaced. 3. In personnel recovery, actions taken to physically gain custody of isolated personnel and return them to the initial reception point. 4. Actions taken to extricate damaged or disabled equipment for return to friendly control or repair at another location. See also evader; evasion; recovery; recovery force.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recovery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2641

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recovery' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4768

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'recovery' in Nouns Frequency: #1140

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recovery in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recovery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of recovery in a Sentence

  1. Marcie Bockbrader:

    Theoretically it seems possible, but until we test… we just don’t know, [After a year] the spontaneous recovery period from stroke is essentially over, so if we could reinstitute a state of being more receptive through therapies to drive plasticity, that would improve function and drive recovery.

  2. Shana Alexander:

    A plane is a bad place for an all-out sleep, but a good place to begin rest and recovery from the trip to the faraway places you've been, a decompression chamber between Here and There. Though a plane is not the ideal place really to think, to reassess or reevaluate things, it is a great place to have the illusion of doing so, and often the illusion will suffice.

  3. Med Jones:

    I would not bet against US innovation, entrepreneurship and business culture - The trinity that drives economic growth and recovery. Yes, we do face a major crisis, but we also do have a proven track record of recovery.

  4. Millan Mulraine:

    With labor market conditions continuing to be favorable ... we believe that it will be only a matter of time before the housing recovery shifts up a gear or two and provides a crucial second wind to the economic recovery.

  5. Julie Arabi:

    Courage consists of the power of self-recovery.

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Translations for recovery

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  • zotaveníCzech
  • Erholung, Wiederherstellung, Wiedergewinnung, Genesung, Wiedererlangung, Zurückgewinnung, GesundungGerman
  • ανάκτησηGreek
  • recuperaciónSpanish
  • palautuminen, elpyminen, paraneminenFinnish
  • récupération, rétablissement, guérisonFrench
  • aisghabháilIrish
  • gyógyulás, visszaszerzésHungarian
  • recuperationInterlingua
  • pemulihanIndonesian
  • recupero, ricuperoItalian
  • התאוששותHebrew
  • 回収, 回復Japanese
  • მორჩენაGeorgian
  • چاکبوونه‌وه‌Kurdish
  • recuperatioLatin
  • mātūtūtangaMāori
  • genezing, herstel, terugwinningDutch
  • recuperaçãoPortuguese
  • поправка, рекуперация, оживление, восстановление, получение вновь, выздоровление, оздоровление, получение обратно, возвратRussian
  • oporava, oporavak, oporav, ozdravljenjeSerbo-Croatian
  • återhämtningSwedish
  • 复苏Chinese

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