recover

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Plain form
recover

Third-person singular
recovers

Past tense
recovered

Past participle
recovered

Present participle
recovering

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you recover, you get better after getting sick, or being hurt, surprised, etc.
    She is just about fully recovered from a broken leg.
    Johnson must show he has recovered from knee injury that kept him out of seven games last season.
    Lansky looked surprised, but quickly recovered.
    Her doctors say she may never completely recover.
    After some rest, you should recover your strength a little.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If something recovers, it returns to normal after a change, especially a bad change.
    We don't expect the economy to begin recovering until the second half of next year.
  3. (transitive) If you recover something that you didn't have for a time, you get it back.
    Five hours now after the accident, bodies were still being recovered from the train.
  4. (transitive) If you recover money, such as an investment, damages, etc., you get back the amount you put out or lost.
    He brought suit to recover damages suffered in an automobile accident.
    You have to question the ability of the bank to recover their investment.
  5. To cover something again.

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