Definition of recovery in English:



mass noun
  • 1A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

    ‘signs of recovery in the housing market’
    count noun ‘it is hoped that Lawrence can make a full recovery’
    • ‘This supplement boasts numerous benefits for health, recovery and muscle building.’
    • ‘America's economic recovery and its likely strength have been and remain the central preoccupation in economics around the world.’
    • ‘However, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to active duty very soon.’
    • ‘The community extend best wishes to him for a speedy recovery and return to health.’
    • ‘Yet increasingly we are finding out that the state of our mind, emotions, and spirit have a significant impact on both our health and our recovery when illness strikes.’
    • ‘She will need years of love and undoubtedly competent and caring professional help to ensure her complete recovery.’
    • ‘Bridie has been unwell for a while and we wish her a very speedy recovery to full health.’
    • ‘Adding to the gloom was weaker-than-expected jobs data from the United States on Friday, which cast doubt on the strength of the economic recovery.’
    • ‘‘Such delays could have a serious impact on a patient's health and chance of recovery,’ said the report.’
    • ‘Knowing what is going on ‘back home’ is essential to mental health recovery.’
    • ‘Competitive athletes commonly take sports supplements to enhance their health, performance and recovery.’
    • ‘Numerous scientific studies have shown that creatine helps to increase lean muscle mass and strength, speed up recovery, and promote anaerobic power.’
    • ‘We don't know the strength of the underlying recovery.’
    • ‘A special two-storey extension has been built on to the family's semi, complete with a special exercise bike to help aid her recovery and strengthen her muscles.’
    • ‘He said he had worked in the field of mental health recovery and was keenly aware of a patient's vulnerability.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that rest, recovery, and proper nutrition between workouts are the keys to fitness and a great-looking body.’
    • ‘The family has been urged to keep in mind that his road to recovery will be a long one.’
    • ‘May you all have a full and speedy recovery to good health.’
    • ‘There are some new signs of muscle recovery in his damaged legs, which are still partially paralysed.’
    • ‘She came out of the coma after two weeks and then the long road to her remarkable recovery began.’
    • ‘All his family and many friends hope to see Denny up and about again really soon and wish him a quick and speedy recovery to full health.’
    • ‘The employment situation also improved in the second quarter as the economic recovery gathered strength.’
    recuperation, convalescence, return to health, process of getting better, rehabilitation, healing, rallying
    improvement, rallying, picking up, betterment, amelioration
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  • 2The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost.

    ‘a team of salvage experts to ensure the recovery of family possessions’
    • ‘Dispossessed people have the right to the lawful recovery of their property and compensation.’
    • ‘Fed-up bosses at a motor showroom came up trumps after offering a reward for the recovery of four stolen cars.’
    • ‘The arrest resulted in the recovery of over 700 stolen items, and a man receiving a two-year prison sentence.’
    • ‘Transmitters can be concealed in the chassis of an automobile and thus facilitate the vehicle's recovery if stolen.’
    • ‘Stopping treatment prevents further deterioration but rarely allows complete recovery of visual function.’
    • ‘Mr Costello sued in the County Court for recovery of the car.’
    • ‘Every minute that a critical application is unavailable is costly and, therefore, faster data recovery reduces financial losses.’
    • ‘It explores the discovery of a Raphael painting seized by the Nazis in the Second World War and its subsequent theft, recovery and record-breaking sale at Sotheby's.’
    retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, recapture, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption
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    1. 2.1 The action of regaining or securing compensation or money lost or spent by means of a legal process or subsequent profits.
      ‘debt recovery’
      • ‘As you will appreciate we therefore had a legal duty to meet asbestosis claims with rights of recovery against the client, but such rights may have availed us nothing had the client run into financial difficulties.’
      • ‘Secondly Mr Hobbs submits that in an action for malicious falsehood recovery of damages is permitted even where there is no loss of reputation.’
      • ‘We are dealing with a relatively small sum of money in terms of recovery.’
      • ‘To pay such a premium where other more reasonable premiums are available may disentitle the litigant from making a full recovery of the costs of the premium.’
      • ‘It is a fundamental principle of recovery in tort that the injured party be compensated for the full amount of his or her loss, but no more.’
      • ‘After the sale, and the recovery of the amount owing on the mortgage, including interest and costs, the guarantor will be liable for any shortfall.’
      • ‘The action in the county court for recovery of the expenses was held to be time-barred.’
      • ‘That is, if the customer already has spent the loan money, no recovery can get the money back!’
      • ‘The plaintiffs commenced an action in private law for recovery of the money due.’
      • ‘The courts take the view that such a Defendant / Respondent ‘can secure itself’ against the risk of non recovery of costs.’
      • ‘No arrests or recovery of the money have been made.’
      • ‘The society added that abolishing the current system of debt recovery would discourage firms from advancing credit or lending money.’
      • ‘By agreement between the parties, this trial dealt only with the claim by the Plaintiff for recovery of the real estate commission.’
      • ‘It is unreasonable to incur a premium that is disproportionate and to expect recovery from the defendant for the cost of covering risks that ought properly to be borne by your client.’
      • ‘The ‘declaration’ of permanent disability, it held, was sufficient in itself to allow the plaintiff recovery of the applicable benefits.’
      • ‘The funder has already stated that it is not interested in financing any recoveries from the Defendants in the London actions.’
      • ‘The letter added that if the schedule was not adhered to in the future the debt would be passed to the legal department for recovery.’
      • ‘People who fail to take up the offer will face firm action, which may include legal proceedings or recovery of the debt from their accounts or other income sources.’
      • ‘There is no possibility of recovery of any money invested in this operation.’
      • ‘A number of jurisdictions allow for recovery of the cost of child rearing as an element of damages.’
    2. 2.2count noun An object or amount of money recovered.
      ‘the recoveries included gold jewellery’
      • ‘The recoveries included trucks, cars and two wheelers.’
      • ‘In some cases their incentive is a 15% share of the legal recovery awarded by the courts.’
      • ‘Pharmaceutical fraud recoveries included $704 million from one drug manufacturer and $435 million from another.’
      • ‘Her lawyer, who was guaranteed 30% of her recovery if she won, was also seeking to profit from her case.’
    3. 2.3 The action of taking a vehicle or aircraft that has broken down or crashed to a place for repair.
      as modifier ‘a recovery vehicle’
      • ‘They will also assist with recovery of vehicles and assistance to people in emergencies.’
      • ‘Police were called and a recovery vehicle had to turn out to free the wagon.’
      • ‘A recovery vehicle drove the car back to Huddersfield and the couple are hoping to make a donation to the fire service as a way of thanks.’
      • ‘Salterforth Road was sealed off by police and guarded by an officer for more than three hours as recovery vehicles towed away the car and bus.’
      • ‘The recovery vehicle driver and the lorry driver were both in the recovery vehicle at the time of the crash, and escaped with minor injuries.’
      • ‘Vehicle recovery specialists were put to the test in Trowbridge on Saturday after two accidents within the space of an hour.’
      • ‘He also wants to establish a new vehicle recovery business on land at the back of the petrol station and put up a new security fence.’
      • ‘Lanes two and three of the westbound carriageway were closed to allow recovery of the vehicles.’
      • ‘The fire stations have aircraft recovery equipment, all-terrain vehicles, foam cannons on top of their firetrucks and specialised aviation fire training.’
      • ‘Fire crews made the area safe within an hour but roads leading to the smash were closed for several hours as specialist recovery vehicles travelled from as far afield as Cheshire and Leeds.’
      • ‘The cost includes damage to road surfaces and the surrounding area, vehicle recovery and damage or destruction of street fixtures such as lamp posts and bins.’
      • ‘The police arrived and were satisfied that the vehicle was parked safely while the driver arranged for the safe transfer of passengers and the recovery of the vehicle.’
      • ‘Not all breakdown companies have access to the same number of recovery vehicles.’
      • ‘Others needed the assistance of recovery vehicles to rescue them when the severe weather sent torrents of water cascading onto the roads of Kerry.’
      • ‘He said the soldiers had been involved in the recovery of another vehicle before the crash.’
      • ‘He added that it had not broken down, but had been involved in the recovery of another military vehicle prior to the collision.’
      • ‘The flashing orange lights of the recovery vehicle beam into my room as the mechanic continually revs the failing engine.’
      • ‘The event itself is properly marshalled with backup and recovery vehicles.’
      • ‘The road was closed from 7pm while recovery experts hauled the vehicle free of the road, with cars diverted on to the A64 and A162 via Tadcaster.’
      • ‘The operator advised our journalist that the recovery vehicle could take up to 75 minutes to reach her and she would receive a phone call 10 minutes before it was due to arrive.’
    4. 2.4Golf count noun A stroke bringing the ball from the rough or from a hazard back on to the fairway or the green.
      • ‘The pressure appears to be getting to him after he follows a great recovery shot to the 16th green with three putts from 18 feet.’
      • ‘I sprayed my drive, hit a recovery and chip and needed a par to shoot my first 79.’
      • ‘When preparing to hit a recovery shot from a sand bunker, make sure to keep the club elevated.’
      • ‘After a couple of perfect drives down the 18th, he was away first and hit a poor iron shot into the front of the bunker guarding the left side of the green, leaving him with a tricky recovery shot.’
      • ‘I hit a great recovery shot to within about 15 feet and two-putted for par.’
    5. 2.5American Football count noun An act of regaining a dropped ball.
      ‘he finished the season with three fumble recoveries and an interception’
      • ‘The senior scored his first career touchdown on a 21-yard fumble recovery late in the second quarter.’
      • ‘In his first five games as a starter, Urlacher had 57 tackles, six sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery.’
      • ‘All told, he had 27 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries.’
      • ‘His numbers in 2001 were remarkable, including 117 tackles, six sacks, four tackles for a loss, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.’
      • ‘They only had nine fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions in 2002.’
      • ‘The club has allowed four interceptions and three fumble recoveries to be returned for touchdowns, putting it at a major disadvantage game after game.’
      • ‘He had an interception, a sack and two pass breakups in Week 10, and had an interception, a sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery last week.’
      • ‘The victory was due in part to a record-tying five interceptions and a touchdown on a 67-yard fumble recovery.’
      • ‘Reed was all over the field this year, as evidenced by his nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 76 tackles.’
      • ‘The longest return they allowed this year was 40 yards, but that ended in a fumble recovery.’
      • ‘Against Florida State in 2000, he finished the game with six tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.’
    6. 2.6 (in rowing, cycling, or swimming) the action of returning the paddle, leg, or arm to its initial position ready to make a new stroke.
      ‘I have my heel below the pedal during the power stroke and above it during recovery’
      as modifier ‘the brace is used as a recovery stroke to avoid capsize’
      • ‘It has been suggested that the smallest insects ‘swim’ through air with a downward power stroke and upward recovery stroke.’
      • ‘Here he shows excellent rotation, straight arm recovery with high shoulder position and a still head.’
      • ‘This exercise also plays a vital role in swimming during stroke recovery in the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke.’
      • ‘Another drill that can aid in the acceleration for recovery is swimming butterfly with a flutter kick.’
      • ‘This virtual rowing plate, then, has a distinct recovery stroke in which the resultant force is minimized and a power stroke in which the resultant force is maximized.’
      • ‘The pulling arm has finished its first stroke, and the shoulder is leading the way to the surface for the initial recovery.’
      • ‘Boxfishes and three-spine sticklebacks hover very well by oscillating their pectoral fins with large attack angles on both recovery and power strokes.’
      • ‘In most birds the up-stroke of the wing is just a recovery stroke to get the wing back into position for the next down-stroke.’
      • ‘The shoulder can be put into a precarious position during the recovery and entry periods of the crawl and butterfly strokes.’
      • ‘They make a whiplike power stroke followed by a slow, crawling recovery stroke.’
      • ‘Once fully retracted, the limbs can then be feathered and brought forwards during a recovery stroke.’
      • ‘The comparison with the release and recovery of the butterfly stroke is inevitable.’
      • ‘Second, the key to rowing is the ability of the appendage to generate more drag on the power stroke than recovery stroke.’
  • 3The process of removing or extracting an energy source or industrial chemical for use, reuse, or waste treatment.

    ‘sulphur recovery’
    • ‘Other projects in the pipeline include the production of a trio of energy recovery facilities across the county.’
    • ‘Thanks to nifty new sulphur recovery units, the company has cut its air pollution way back.’
    • ‘Energy recovery from waste is highly controversial and also limited in capacity (it takes a lot of power to burn the rubbish in the first place).’
    • ‘The order of preference in waste handling is waste minimisation, re-use, then recycling and composting followed by energy recovery.’
    • ‘While silver recovery systems remove most of the chemical, other dangerous solvents are used to clean film-developing machinery.’
    • ‘Eamonn Timoney, who developed the South East Waste Management Plan, said it was an integrated solution involving thermal treatment and energy recovery.’
    • ‘As part of the energy recovery process to conserve diminishing fossil fuels, hazardous wastes are being disposed of in cement kilns, another type of incineration process.’
    • ‘The draft document deals with waste minimisation, recycling and energy recovery.’
    • ‘Arguably, of course, the greater the emissions, the more efficient the sulphur recovery process could be.’
    • ‘The Environment Agency proposes to amend the substitute fuels protocol to permit recovery of wastes as fuel at co-incineration plants.’


  • in recovery

    • Recovering from mental illness or drug addiction.

      ‘many people in recovery tell trauma stories’
      • ‘My closest friends are my friends in recovery, because we can talk to each other about what we feel today and help each other through it.’
      • ‘I have struggled with anorexia for the last five years or so, but I'm now in recovery and eating normally.’
      • ‘He admitted the festive season can often lead to depression for those currently using drugs or in recovery, but he believes the New Year can offer renewed hope, too.’
      • ‘His own daughter is in recovery after five years of struggling with an eating disorder.’
      • ‘We now know that smokers who are in recovery from alcohol abuse can stop smoking without starting to drink again.’
      • ‘Many patients in recovery are concerned about taking antidepressants.’
      • ‘Along my journey in recovery, I've met a lot of courageous people young and old who have the courage to change and kick this deadly habit.’
      • ‘Chirpy as he sounds, he is still in recovery.’
      • ‘It is likely that many of these individuals are in recovery themselves.’
      • ‘Some people in recovery from food addiction are also recovered alcoholics.’


Late Middle English (denoting a means of restoration): from Anglo-Norman French recoverie, from recovrer ‘get back’.