Definition of recover in English:



  • 1no object Return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

    ‘Neil is still recovering from shock’
    ‘the economy has begun to recover’
    • ‘But she woke up earlier than expected, so she's already recovering fast.’
    • ‘There is a lot you can learn about recovering from illness, improving health and maintaining good health.’
    • ‘The walks will be suitable for everyone, and especially for those who take little exercise or are recovering from health problems.’
    • ‘A teenager with suspected meningitis was today recovering at home after receiving hospital treatment.’
    • ‘After his health recovered he returned to Oxford and in 1849 was awarded a double first in mathematics and classics.’
    • ‘A second woman was also recovering in hospital yesterday after a separate incident.’
    • ‘Patricia never recovered from the shock and fell into drinking and popping pills.’
    • ‘Most patients eventually recover spontaneously, but symptoms can persist for six to 24 months.’
    • ‘The intensifying political rift has created new pressure on the domestic economy, which is still recovering from the 1997 crisis.’
    • ‘The three victims were recovering at home today after having been released from hospital.’
    • ‘Last night she was still recovering in hospital, and too ill to speak to detectives.’
    • ‘As for Sally, she recovered and soon returned to her old self, never again mentioning what had happened.’
    • ‘It is a support organisation for women recovering from alcohol dependency.’
    • ‘But she said that she still hadn't completely recovered from her recent illness.’
    • ‘So now he and his wife can concentrate on recovering from their shared ordeal.’
    • ‘Even when the economy recovers fully from the recession, those revenues won't return.’
    • ‘There are some concerns that he still hasn't fully recovered from the injury.’
    • ‘I'm happy to report it caused no permanent damage and Andy is recovering nicely at home.’
    • ‘We hypothesized that patients would recover more quickly from surgery if postoperative pain was decreased or eliminated.’
    • ‘Lowry tore a knee ligament in late August, but he recovered quickly from surgery.’
    recuperate, get better, get well, convalesce, regain one's strength, regain one's health, get stronger, get back on one's feet, feel oneself again, get back to normal, return to health
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    1. 1.1be recovered (of a person) be well again.
      ‘you'll be fully recovered before you know it’
      • ‘I’m glad to know you are fully recovered and look forward to our paths crossing soon.’
      • ‘He said he expected to be back in training in two weeks and be fully recovered in six weeks.’
      • ‘Why are patients discharged from hospitals before they are fully recovered?’
  • 2with object Find or regain possession of (something stolen or lost)

    ‘police recovered a stolen video’
    • ‘Police said stolen goods had been recovered in the raid and two women and a man were arrested on suspicion of burglary.’
    • ‘Police have praised a brave Westbury resident after his information helped them recover property stolen from a home in the town's Oldfield Park area.’
    • ‘A further 15 bikes that were found to have been stolen have also been recovered.’
    • ‘Two taverns were closed down, large quantities of liquor were confiscated and six stolen vehicles were recovered.’
    • ‘The money was later recovered at the scene.’
    • ‘While he was head of the Heath Special Investigating Unit, they recovered millions of rands stolen from the government.’
    • ‘In addition to the vandalism, some stolen property was recovered from one of the three men.’
    • ‘The hostages and stolen cargo were recovered, and the surviving pirates put into custody.’
    • ‘The death toll has steadily risen to 38 as more bodies have been recovered from the rubble.’
    • ‘Barrett said the collection of lost and recovered stolen property on their hands is less than in the past because they now put much more time and effort into tracing the owners and getting the item back to them.’
    • ‘Twenty-six vehicles believed to have been stolen were recovered.’
    • ‘In Lusaka, police have recovered four vehicles which were stolen at gun point in two separate incidents and four people have since been arrested in connection with the thefts.’
    • ‘And there are hundreds if not thousands more corpses still to be recovered from the city's flooded streets and homes.’
    • ‘Stolen property was recovered, including two vehicles and the proceeds of a burglary which had taken place only the previous night.’
    • ‘A stolen motor-cycle was recovered from his possession.’
    • ‘The body was recovered by police divers and removed to a mortuary at Bangor.’
    • ‘An engineer has recovered tools which were stolen six months ago after he spotted them for sale on an internet auction site.’
    • ‘The bill will make it harder for criminals to dispose of stolen goods, and it will make it easier for the police to recover stolen goods and solve property crimes.’
    • ‘Her black W-registration Honda Integra sports car, stolen by her attackers, has not yet been recovered by police.’
    • ‘Data recovery efforts are, therefore, required to recover the lost transactions and data.’
    retrieve, regain, regain possession of, get back, win back, take back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, recapture, retake, redeem
    salvage, save, rescue, retrieve, reclaim, redeem
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    1. 2.1 Regain control of (oneself or of a physical or mental state)
      ‘he recovered his balance and sped on’
      • ‘He recovered himself quickly, and again feigned indifference.’
      • ‘He blinked a bit, obviously startled, then he recovered himself.’
      • ‘She recovers her composure as Beatrice enters the room, smiling kindly at her.’
      • ‘Tom blinked in surprise, then recovered himself.’
      • ‘Max recovered himself and made his way back to his friends.’
      • ‘Once I realized how bad it sounded, I tried to recover myself.’
      • ‘Kayla quickly recovered herself and realized she was being rude to someone who had just saved her life.’
      • ‘He was a little taken aback by her question but quickly recovered himself.’
      • ‘When Maisie had recovered herself, she said, ‘You will inform the priest, of course.’’
      • ‘He looked astounded at the question, gaping slightly before he recovered himself.’
      • ‘He realized he had been staring, and recovered himself as smoothly as he could.’
      • ‘He trailed off, unable to speak for a moment before recovering himself.’
      • ‘I recovered myself a moment before the door opened, straightening my shoulders and standing a little taller.’
      • ‘Before he could recover himself Heidi was kissing him.’
      • ‘Alyssa was trying to recover her composure while putting on her sock and shoe.’
      • ‘She licked her lips nervously before recovering herself.’
      • ‘Maura froze at the mention of Jude's name but recovered herself quickly.’
      • ‘Taken by surprise, I lurched but recovered myself.’
      • ‘It took a moment for John to recover himself after saying this.’
      pull oneself together, regain one's composure, regain one's self-control, regain control of oneself, take a hold of oneself, steady oneself
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    2. 2.2 Regain or secure (money spent or lost or compensation) by legal process or the making of profits.
      ‘many companies recovered their costs within six months’
      • ‘Every new participant is in truth gambling on the scheme continuing long enough for him to recover his money and, he hopes, make a profit.’
      • ‘Organisers of the festival say they are now considering legal action to recover the group's fee and the singer's manager has responded with claims that she was assaulted by one of the festival organisers.’
      • ‘This report has now been sent to the Fraud Squad and the District Auditor and the council has started legal proceedings to recover the money.’
      • ‘Furthermore the fact that the repair work has been carried out will mean that you may not be able to recover the legal costs incurred in recovering compensation.’
      • ‘For every year out of the workforce, a woman has to work five years to recover the lost income, pension coverage, and career promotion.’
      • ‘‘Legal action to recover the outstanding fee will be instituted, if necessary,’ he said.’
      • ‘The Inland Revenue now intend to start civil legal proceedings to recover the unpaid tax.’
      • ‘The company has permission to recover losses by putting surcharges on customers' bills.’
      • ‘Motorists who have hit potholes on roads in Wiltshire are planning to take legal action to recover the money they have paid out to repair their cars.’
      • ‘He said he hoped the families of those pensioners whose pensions had been taken from them would not have to take legal action to recover their money.’
      • ‘We are in the process of recovering the money from the drivers concerned.’
      • ‘We shall attempt to recover the premium from you opponent, if you win your case, but the Court may disallow it in whole or in part.’
      • ‘Victims of online fraud could find it harder to recover their losses as banks and building societies brace themselves for a surge in crime in the run-up to Christmas.’
      • ‘Mr Rusnak admitted he made a series of bad investments on behalf of the bank and then tried to recover his losses without alerting bosses.’
      • ‘The law allowing plaintiffs to recover legal fees in advocacy lawsuits has been on the books for a long time.’
      • ‘One of the primary tasks of the Commissioners is to recover those taxes which Parliament has decreed shall be paid.’
      • ‘That is to say, that a reward may be paid where tax is recovered as a result of information provided to the Inland Revenue.’
      • ‘The latter was successful and recovered damages of some £19,000 on the counterclaim.’
      • ‘Under the mortgage, the mortgagee is entitled to recover her legal fees as between solicitor and client.’
      • ‘A plaintiff need not take steps to recover compensation for his loss from parties who, in addition to the defendant, are liable to him.’
      • ‘I also do not consider it improper for counsel to seek to recover fees paid to experts that they consulted but who did not file affidavits on the motion.’
      • ‘If an extended warranty provider becomes insolvent, the very least a consumer will want is to be able to recover his premiums.’
      • ‘Yes then there is no negligence, and if there's no negligence it doesn't matter how injured those people are, they will not recover compensation.’
      • ‘Taking the claims to court is the only way to recover lost compensation after the firms deny negligence.’
      • ‘Even if they had paid the beneficiary, they would be able to seek to recover the compensation by certain judicial procedures.’
    3. 2.3 Make up for (a loss in position or time)
      ‘the French recovered the lead’
      • ‘Scrambling to recover lost ground, the leader of the troubled organization said last weekend that if he had evidence about the killing he'd give it in court.’
      • ‘The south German towns, once among the richest in Europe, crashed finally and completely after 1648, and never recovered their position.’
      • ‘There is no way to recover lost time, but you learn to make use of what is left once you realize what you have lost.’
      • ‘On the eleventh lap Guillemot recovered his position, dislodging Higgins as pursuit man.’
      • ‘This bipartisanship allowed Howard to recover sufficient electoral support to retain office for a third term.’
      • ‘They argue that this is the only way in which the Tories can recover lost support.’
      rally, improve, pick up, make a recovery, rebound, bounce back, come back, make a comeback
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  • 3Remove or extract (an energy source or industrial chemical) for use, reuse, or waste treatment.

    ‘only 13 per cent of CFC refrigerant was being recovered from domestic fridges’
    • ‘Waste heat recovered from stale indoor air can heat water in domestic hot water tanks.’
    • ‘Now there are 75 tonnes of plutonium and 3,336 tonnes of uranium recovered from reprocessing, all stored and closely guarded but with no obvious use, at Sellafield.’
    • ‘When alkyl hydrogen sulfates are added to water, sulfuric acid is recovered and the product obtained from the alkene is an alcohol.’
    • ‘What about treatment of minerals recovered from the land?’
    • ‘Other phosphatic and phosphatized microfossils were recovered by dilute acetic acid digestion.’
    • ‘In three stages, it separates solids and liquids, removes ammonia, recovers soluble phosphorus, and processes the solids into plant fertilizer.’
    • ‘Much of that scrap, he explained, was lead plate recovered from industrial storage batteries and was not auto battery scrap.’
    • ‘A minor proportion may be processed to recover alcohol, tartrates, and occasionally grapeseed oil.’
    • ‘However, we shall also be looking to recover energy from waste in power stations.’
    • ‘Secondary alcohols can be readily recovered from ketones by breaking the double bond between the oxygen and carbon and adding hydrogen.’
    • ‘He and his business partner are Canadians trying to make it in the business of tire pyrolysis, which recovers products from waste through incineration.’
    • ‘Energy can be recovered, waste dealt with cleanly, and everyone will be happy.’
    • ‘Similarly, I should have thought it obvious that material which is not waste can be recovered from waste.’
    • ‘Various chemical by-products are recovered from the coke gases and used throughout Canada.’
    • ‘It takes energy to split the water molecule and release hydrogen, but that energy is later recovered during oxidation to produce water.’
    • ‘There are thus special design considerations associated with anaerobic systems, though methane can be recovered and used as a source of energy.’
    • ‘A requirement of the trial will be that value is recovered from the waste, which may include the recycling of steel and aluminium cans, plastics and glass.’
    • ‘Precious metals, such as platinum and gold, which may be present on the PCB or printed circuit board, can also be leached and recovered electrochemically and reused.’
    • ‘Even better, biodiesel can also be made cheaply and easily using waste vegetable oil recovered from restaurants and fryers.’
    • ‘He said the Connaught Waste Managment Plan was not just about waste treatment; it was about introducing a lot more recycling and recovering energy.’
    reuse, reprocess, convert into something, reclaim
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the recover
  • A defined position of a firearm forming part of a military drill.

    ‘bring the firelock to the recover’
    • ‘Today some of the motions of the salute have been omitted; the ‘Recover’ is, however, still symbolic of kissing a Cross.’
    • ‘Come to the recover, throwing up your firelock, with a smart spring of the left hand, directly before the left breast, and turning the barrel inwards; at that moment catch it with the right hand below the lock, and instantly bringing up the left hand, with a rapid motion, seize the piece close above the lock, the little finger touching the feather-spring; the left hand to be at an equal height with the eyes, the butt of the firelock close to the left breast, but not pressed, and the barrel perpendicular.’


Middle English (originally with reference to health): from Anglo-Norman French recoverer, from Latin recuperare ‘get again’.