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1 [no object] return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength:Neil is still recovering from shock the economy has begun to recover
) (of a person) be well again:you’ll be fully recovered before you know it
2 [with object] find or regain possession of (something stolen or lost):police recovered a stolen video regain control of (oneself or of a physical or mental state):he recovered his balance and sped on one hour later I had recovered consciousness regain or secure (compensation) by means of a legal process or subsequent profits:many companies recovered their costs within six months make up for (a loss in position or time):the French recovered the lead remove or extract (an energy source or industrial chemical) for use, reuse, or waste treatment.
noun (the recover)
a defined position of a firearm forming part of a military drill:bring the firelock to the recover