Definition of recover verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvər//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recover
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvər//
    he / she / it recovers
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvəz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvərz//
    past simple recovered
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvərd//
    past participle recovered
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvərd//
    -ing form recovering
    BrE BrE//rɪˈkʌvərɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈkʌvərɪŋ//
    Recovering from illness
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    from illness
  1. 1  [intransitive] recover (from something) to get well again after being ill/sick, hurt, etc. He's still recovering from his operation. Wordfinderacute, condition, health, medicine, outbreak, pain, recover, relapse, terminal, treatment See related entries: Recovering from illness
  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 have 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.
  12. Word OriginMiddle English (originally with reference to health): from Anglo-Norman French recoverer, from Latin recuperare ‘get again’.Extra examples Mrs Burton was last night recovering from her injuries in hospital. She had hardly recovered from the birth of her last baby. Yates is struggling to recover form a serious knee injury. Your baby is recovering well. Creditors have a right to recover their debts. He is unlikely ever to recover his legal costs. He’s still recovering from his operation. Mother and baby are recovering well. Some investors tried to recover their losses by making further high risk investments.
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