1 verb
a) to get better after an illness, accident, shock etc: After a few days of fever, he began to recover.
(+ from): My boss is recovering from a heart attack.
b) if something recovers after a period of trouble or difficulty, it returns to its normal condition: After this war, the country will take a long time to recover.
3 STH STOLEN/LOST ETC (T) to get back something that was taken from you, lost, or almost destroyed: Police have so far failed to recover the stolen jewellery. | A number of bodies were recovered from the wreckage.
4 MONEY (T) to get back the same amount of money that you have spent or lost; recoup: The company hopes to recover the cost of developing their new product.
5 ABILITIES/SENSES (T) to get back an ability, a sense, or control over your feelings, movements etc: It was some hours before she recovered consciousness. | recover yourself (=control yourself again after being upset, embarrassed etc): It took Mom a few minutes to recover herself, but then she was back in control again. | recover your balance (=stop yourself from falling)
— recoverable adjective 2 verb (T) to put a new cover on a piece of furniture recovery /rI'kVvri/ noun
1 (singular, uncountable) a process of getting better after an illness, injury etc
(+ from): She made a quick recovery from the flu.
2 (singular, uncountable) the process of becoming stronger or more successful again after a difficult period: Hopes of economic recovery are fading.
3 (U) the act of getting something back
(+ of): The recovery of the car from the lake took two hours.

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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