from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To get back; regain.
- transitive v. To restore (oneself) to a normal state: He recovered himself after a slip on the ice.
- transitive v. To compensate for: She recovered her losses.
- transitive v. To procure (usable substances, such as metal) from unusable substances, such as ore or waste.
- transitive v. To bring under observation again: "watching the comet since it was first recovered—first spotted since its 1910 visit” ( Christian Science Monitor).
- intransitive v. To regain a normal or usual condition, as of health.
- intransitive v. To receive a favorable judgment in a lawsuit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To get back, regain (a physical thing lost etc.).
- v. To return to, resume (a given state of mind or body).
- v. To reach (a place), arrive at.
- v. To restore to good health, consciousness, life etc.
- v. To get better from; to get over.
- v. To get better, regain one's health.
- v. To regain one's composure, balance etc.
- n. A position of holding a firearm during exercises, whereby the lock is at shoulder height and the sling facing out.
- v. To cover again.
- v. To add a new roof membrane or steep-slope covering over an existing one.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To cover again.
- transitive v. To get or obtain again; to get renewed possession of; to win back; to regain.
- transitive v. To make good by reparation; to make up for; to retrieve; to repair the loss or injury of.
- transitive v. To restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; to bring back to life or health; to cure; to heal.
- transitive v. To overcome; to get the better of, -- as a state of mind or body.
- transitive v. To rescue; to deliver.
- transitive v. To gain by motion or effort; to obtain; to reach; to come to.
- transitive v. To gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for injury or debt; ; to obtain title to by judgement in a court of law; ; to gain by legal process.
- intransitive v. To regain health after sickness; to grow well; to be restored or cured; hence, to regain a former state or condition after misfortune, alarm, etc.; -- often followed by of or from
- intransitive v. To make one's way; to come; to arrive.
- intransitive v. To obtain a judgement; to succeed in a lawsuit.
- n. Recovery.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cover again or anew. Sometimes written distinctively re-cover.
- To regain; get or obtain again (after it has been lost).
- To restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; cure; heal.
- To repair the loss or injury of; retrieve; make up for: as, to recover lost time.
- To rescue; save from danger.
- To reach by some effort; get; gain; find; come to; return to.
- To reconcile; reëstablish friendly relations with.
- In law, to obtain by judgment in a court of law or by legal proceedings: as, to recover lands in ejectment; to recover damages for a wrong, or for a breach of contract.
- In hunting, to start (a hare) from her cover or form.
- To fetch; deal.
- To restore to a previous state.
- To recoup one's self.
- Synonyms and To get back, repair, recruit, recuperate, reëstablish.
- To regain health after sickness; grow well again: often followed by of or from.
- To regain a former state or condition, as after misfortune or disturbance of mind: as, to recover from a state of poverty or depression. In this sense formerly and still sometimes used elliptically without from.
- To come; arrive; make one's way.
- To obtain a judgment at law; succeed in a lawsuit: as, the plaintiff has recovered in his suit.
- n. Recovery.
- n. In boating, the movement of the body by which a rower reaches forward from one stroke in preparation for the next: as, the bow oar is slow in the recover.
- In manufacturing, to save; keep what had formerly been thrown away: as, to recover the by-products in a gas-plant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cover anew
- v. regain or make up for
- v. get over an illness or shock
- v. get or find back; recover the use of
- v. regain a former condition after a financial loss
- v. reuse (materials from waste products)
Middle English recoveren, from Old French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre; see recuperate.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman recoverer and Old French recovrer, from Latin recuperare. (Wiktionary)
re- + cover. (Wiktionary)