Definition of recovery in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈkəv(ə)rē/

noun (plural recoveries)

1A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength: signs of recovery in the housing market he’s back at home now and he looks all set to make a full recovery
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  • However, he is expected to make a full recovery and return to active duty very soon.
  • This supplement boasts numerous benefits for health, recovery and muscle building.
  • Keep in mind that rest, recovery, and proper nutrition between workouts are the keys to fitness and a great-looking body.
recuperation, convalescence
improvement, rallying, picking up, upturn, upswing
2The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost: a team of salvage experts to ensure the recovery of family possessions the recovery of his sight
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  • Fed-up bosses at a motor showroom came up trumps after offering a reward for the recovery of four stolen cars.
  • The arrest resulted in the recovery of over 700 stolen items, and a man receiving a two-year prison sentence.
  • Stopping treatment prevents further deterioration but rarely allows complete recovery of visual function.
retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, reclamation, recouping, redemption, recuperation
2.1The action of regaining or securing compensation or money lost or spent by means of a legal process or subsequent profits: debt recovery
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  • People who fail to take up the offer will face firm action, which may include legal proceedings or recovery of the debt from their accounts or other income sources.
  • The letter added that if the schedule was not adhered to in the future the debt would be passed to the legal department for recovery.
  • The plaintiffs commenced an action in private law for recovery of the money due.
2.2An object or amount of money recovered: the recoveries included gold jewelry
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  • In some cases their incentive is a 15% share of the legal recovery awarded by the courts.
  • Her lawyer, who was guaranteed 30% of her recovery if she won, was also seeking to profit from her case.
  • Pharmaceutical fraud recoveries included $704 million from one drug manufacturer and $435 million from another.
2.3The process of removing or extracting an energy source or industrial chemical for use, reuse, or waste treatment.
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  • Eamonn Timoney, who developed the South East Waste Management Plan, said it was an integrated solution involving thermal treatment and energy recovery.
  • As part of the energy recovery process to conserve diminishing fossil fuels, hazardous wastes are being disposed of in cement kilns, another type of incineration process.
  • Energy recovery from waste is highly controversial and also limited in capacity (it takes a lot of power to burn the rubbish in the first place).
2.4 (also recovery shot) Golf A stroke bringing the ball from the rough or from a hazard back onto the fairway or the green.
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  • The pressure appears to be getting to him after he follows a great recovery shot to the 16th green with three putts from 18 feet.
  • When preparing to hit a recovery shot from a sand bunker, make sure to keep the club elevated.
  • After a couple of perfect drives down the 18th, he was away first and hit a poor iron shot into the front of the bunker guarding the left side of the green, leaving him with a tricky recovery shot.
2.5 American Football An act of taking possession of a fumbled ball.
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  • He had an interception, a sack and two pass breakups in Week 10, and had an interception, a sack, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery last week.
  • The longest return they allowed this year was 40 yards, but that ended in a fumble recovery.
  • The senior scored his first career touchdown on a 21-yard fumble recovery late in the second quarter.
2.6(In rowing, cycling, or swimming) the action of returning the paddle, leg, or arm to its initial position ready to make a new stroke.
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  • This exercise also plays a vital role in swimming during stroke recovery in the freestyle, butterfly and backstroke.
  • It has been suggested that the smallest insects ‘swim’ through air with a downward power stroke and upward recovery stroke.
  • Second, the key to rowing is the ability of the appendage to generate more drag on the power stroke than recovery stroke.


in recovery

In the process of recovering from mental illness, drug addiction, or past abuse: support groups for parents whose children are in recovery
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  • Some people in recovery from food addiction are also recovered alcoholics.
  • He admitted the festive season can often lead to depression for those currently using drugs or in recovery, but he believes the New Year can offer renewed hope, too.
  • Many patients in recovery are concerned about taking antidepressants.


Late Middle English (denoting a means of restoration): from Anglo-Norman French recoverie, from recovrer 'get back'.

Words that rhyme with recovery


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Syllabification: re·cov·er·y

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