from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. The obtaining in a suit at law of a right to something by a verdict and judgment of court.
  • n. 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. Act of regaining the position of guard after making an attack.

from The 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).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


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