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Definition of recover verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recover
    he / she / it recovers
    past simple recovered
    -ing form recovering
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    from illness
  1. 1[intransitive] recover (from something) to get well again after being sick, hurt, etc. He's still recovering from his operation.
  2. from something unpleasant
  3. 2[intransitive] recover (from something) to return to a normal state after an unpleasant or unusual experience or a period of difficulty It can take many years to recover from the death of a loved one. The economy is at last beginning to recover.
  4. money
  5. 3[transitive] recover something (from somebody/something) to get back the same amount of money that you spent or that is owed to you synonym recoup He is unlikely to ever recover his legal costs.
  6. something lost/stolen
  7. 4[transitive] to get back or find something that was lost, stolen, or missing recover something The police eventually recovered the stolen paintings. recover something from somebody/something Six bodies were recovered from the wreckage.
  8. position/status
  9. 5[transitive] recover something to win back a position, level, status, etc. that has been lost synonym regain The team recovered its lead in the second half.
  10. senses/emotions
  11. 6[transitive] to get back the use of your senses, control of your emotions, etc. synonym regain recover something It took her a few minutes to recover consciousness. to recover your sight recover yourself She seemed upset but quickly recovered herself.
adjective [not before noun] She is now fully recovered from her injuries.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: recover

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