American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act, process, duration, or an instance of recovering.
- n. A return to a normal condition.
- n. Something gained or restored in recovering.
- n. The act of obtaining usable substances from unusable sources.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act or power of recovering, regaining, retaking, conquering again, or obtaining renewed possession: as, to offer a reward for the recovery of stolen goods.
- n. Restoration from a bad to a good condition; especially, restoration from sickness, faintness, or the like; also, restoration from low condition or misfortune.
- n. Attainment; reaching.
- n. In law, the obtaining of right to something by a verdict or judgment of court from an opposing party in a suit: as, the recovery of debt, damages, and costs by a plaintiff; the recovery of costs by a defendant; the recovery of land in ejectment. Compare fine, n., 3.
- n. In fencing, the return of the fencer to his original position “on guard” after extending himself in the lunge (which see). It is done by raising the left hand sharply, withdrawing the right foot from its place in extension, and flexing the right elbow more or less till the foil or sword is in the proper position to await the opponent's riposte (which see).
- n. The act or process of regaining or repossession of something lost.
- n. A return to normal health.
- n. A return to former status.
- n. Renewed growth after a slump (economy).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of recovering, regaining, or retaking possession.
- n. Restoration from sickness, weakness, faintness, or the like; restoration from a condition of mistortune, of fright, etc.
- n. (Law) The obtaining in a suit at law of a right to something by a verdict and judgment of court.
- n. obsolete The getting, or gaining, of something not previously had.
- n. In rowing, the act of regaining the proper position for making a new stroke.
- n. Act of regaining the natural position after curtseying.
- n. (Fencing, Sparring, etc.) Act of regaining the position of guard after making an attack.
- n. the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
- n. return to an original state
- n. gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
“One of the tricks I picked up in recovery is that my head can be a very dangerous neighborhood, I know better than to go there alone and unarmed.”
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“I have no doubt that Obama will accept responsibility for the jobs numbers, BUT we are still in recovery from the disaster that was GWBush — recall Bush was on autopilot for the last year of his presidency when he saw that his miserable legacy was already written.”
“In India, the term recovery agent or debt collector throws up chilling images of unnerving phone calls, bounces landing up at the door, goons intercepting your car at a traffic signal and throwing you off as they repossess in mid traffic and all of that.”
“I think we are starting to get to a point and I - I use the term recovery, of the real estate markets.”
“And when you use the word "recovery," now I have to start wondering whether this is really a recovery at all that we're in right now.”
“I hope that your recovery is a speedy one. cody says:”
“Seattle has long been described as a kind of “last in, last out” case with respect to the economic bubble — a city where home prices took a little bit longer to rise, the real estate downturn set in a bit later, and the recovery is a bit of a wild card.”
“Here we go again, these Republicans find it easy to criticize the current administration, knowing that the economy recovery is an evolutionary type of process and not a revolutionary (overnight) realization.”
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