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Definition of "recover" []

  • To get back; regain. (verb-transitive)
  • To restore (oneself) to a normal state: He recovered himself after a slip on the ice. (verb-transitive)
  • To compensate for: She recovered her losses. (verb-transitive)
  • To procure (usable substances, such as metal) from unusable substances, such as ore or waste. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring under observation again: "watching the comet since it was first recovered—first spotted since its 1910 visit” ( Christian Science Monitor). (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "recover" in a sentence
  • "The word recover means both “to regain health” and “to regain balance.”"
  • "This belief that all Republicans need to do to recover is to embrace the internet and adopt a bunch of cutting-edge technologies reminds me very strongly of efforts to quick-fix failing schools by putting in high-speed internet access and giving every student a laptop."
  • "Being told to sit on the couch to recover is tough to deal with."