Definition of recovery in US English:



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

    ‘signs of recovery in the housing market’
    ‘he's back at home now and he looks all set to make a full recovery’
    • ‘Bridie has been unwell for a while and we wish her a very speedy recovery to full health.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She came out of the coma after two weeks and then the long road to her remarkable recovery began.’
    • ‘This supplement boasts numerous benefits for health, recovery and muscle building.’
    • ‘She will need years of love and undoubtedly competent and caring professional help to ensure her complete recovery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘America's economic recovery and its likely strength have been and remain the central preoccupation in economics around the world.’
    • ‘Competitive athletes commonly take sports supplements to enhance their health, performance and recovery.’
    • ‘The employment situation also improved in the second quarter as the economic recovery gathered strength.’
    • ‘The community extend best wishes to him for a speedy recovery and return to health.’
    • ‘Keep in mind that rest, recovery, and proper nutrition between workouts are the keys to fitness and a great-looking body.’
    • ‘May you all have a full and speedy recovery to good health.’
    • ‘Numerous scientific studies have shown that creatine helps to increase lean muscle mass and strength, speed up recovery, and promote anaerobic power.’
    • ‘There are some new signs of muscle recovery in his damaged legs, which are still partially paralysed.’
    • ‘He said he had worked in the field of mental health recovery and was keenly aware of a patient's vulnerability.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to active duty very soon.’
    • ‘‘Such delays could have a serious impact on a patient's health and chance of recovery,’ said the report.’
    • ‘The family has been urged to keep in mind that his road to recovery will be a long one.’
    • ‘We don't know the strength of the underlying recovery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Knowing what is going on ‘back home’ is essential to mental health recovery.’
    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’
    ‘the recovery of his sight’
    • ‘Fed-up bosses at a motor showroom came up trumps after offering a reward for the recovery of four stolen cars.’
    • ‘Transmitters can be concealed in the chassis of an automobile and thus facilitate the vehicle's recovery if stolen.’
    • ‘Mr Costello sued in the County Court for recovery of the car.’
    • ‘Stopping treatment prevents further deterioration but rarely allows complete recovery of visual function.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dispossessed people have the right to the lawful recovery of their property and compensation.’
    • ‘The arrest resulted in the recovery of over 700 stolen items, and a man receiving a two-year prison sentence.’
    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.’
      • ‘A number of jurisdictions allow for recovery of the cost of child rearing as an element of damages.’
      • ‘That is, if the customer already has spent the loan money, no recovery can get the money back!’
      • ‘The action in the county court for recovery of the expenses was held to be time-barred.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are dealing with a relatively small sum of money in terms of recovery.’
      • ‘The ‘declaration’ of permanent disability, it held, was sufficient in itself to allow the plaintiff recovery of the applicable benefits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Secondly Mr Hobbs submits that in an action for malicious falsehood recovery of damages is permitted even where there is no loss of reputation.’
      • ‘The plaintiffs commenced an action in private law for recovery of the money due.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There is no possibility of recovery of any money invested in this operation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By agreement between the parties, this trial dealt only with the claim by the Plaintiff for recovery of the real estate commission.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The funder has already stated that it is not interested in financing any recoveries from the Defendants in the London actions.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 2.2 An object or amount of money recovered.
      ‘the recoveries included gold jewelry’
      • ‘In some cases their incentive is a 15% share of the legal recovery awarded by the courts.’
      • ‘The recoveries included trucks, cars and two wheelers.’
      • ‘Her lawyer, who was guaranteed 30% of her recovery if she won, was also seeking to profit from her case.’
      • ‘Pharmaceutical fraud recoveries included $704 million from one drug manufacturer and $435 million from another.’
    3. 2.3Golf A stroke bringing the ball from the rough or from a hazard back on to the fairway or the green.
      • ‘I hit a great recovery shot to within about 15 feet and two-putted for par.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 2.4American Football An act of taking possession of a fumbled ball.
      • ‘They only had nine fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions in 2002.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All told, he had 27 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries.’
      • ‘In his first five games as a starter, Urlacher had 57 tackles, six sacks, one interception, and one fumble recovery.’
      • ‘The longest return they allowed this year was 40 yards, but that ended in a 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 senior scored his first career touchdown on a 21-yard fumble recovery late in the second quarter.’
      • ‘The victory was due in part to a record-tying five interceptions and a touchdown on a 67-yard fumble recovery.’
      • ‘The club has allowed four interceptions and three fumble recoveries to be returned for touchdowns, putting it at a major disadvantage game after game.’
      • ‘Against Florida State in 2000, he finished the game with six tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.’
    5. 2.5 (in rowing, cycling, or swimming) the action of returning the paddle, leg, or arm to its initial position ready to make a new stroke.
      • ‘The comparison with the release and recovery of the butterfly stroke is inevitable.’
      • ‘It has been suggested that the smallest insects ‘swim’ through air with a downward power stroke and upward recovery stroke.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Second, the key to rowing is the ability of the appendage to generate more drag on the power stroke than 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.’
      • ‘They make a whiplike power stroke followed by a slow, crawling recovery stroke.’
      • ‘Boxfishes and three-spine sticklebacks hover very well by oscillating their pectoral fins with large attack angles on both recovery and power strokes.’
      • ‘The pulling arm has finished its first stroke, and the shoulder is leading the way to the surface for the initial recovery.’
      • ‘Once fully retracted, the limbs can then be feathered and brought forwards during a recovery stroke.’
      • ‘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 shoulder can be put into a precarious position during the recovery and entry periods of the crawl and butterfly strokes.’
      • ‘Another drill that can aid in the acceleration for recovery is swimming butterfly with a flutter kick.’
  • 3The process of removing or extracting an energy source or industrial chemical for use, reuse, or waste treatment.

    • ‘Other projects in the pipeline include the production of a trio of energy recovery facilities across the county.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thanks to nifty new sulphur recovery units, the company has cut its air pollution way back.’
    • ‘The draft document deals with waste minimisation, recycling 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.’
    • ‘Eamonn Timoney, who developed the South East Waste Management Plan, said it was an integrated solution involving thermal treatment and energy recovery.’
    • ‘While silver recovery systems remove most of the chemical, other dangerous solvents are used to clean film-developing machinery.’


  • in recovery

    • In the process of recovering from mental illness, drug addiction, or past abuse.

      ‘support groups for parents whose children are in recovery’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many patients in recovery are concerned about taking antidepressants.’
      • ‘His own daughter is in recovery after five years of struggling with an eating disorder.’
      • ‘Some people in recovery from food addiction are also recovered alcoholics.’
      • ‘We now know that smokers who are in recovery from alcohol abuse can stop smoking without starting to drink again.’
      • ‘Chirpy as he sounds, he is still in recovery.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is likely that many of these individuals are in recovery themselves.’
      • ‘I have struggled with anorexia for the last five years or so, but I'm now in recovery and eating normally.’


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