Definition of recovery in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈkʌv(ə)ri/

noun (plural recoveries)

[mass noun]
1A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength: signs of recovery in the housing market [count noun]: it is hoped that Lawrence can 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, return to health, process of getting better, rehabilitation, healing, rallying
improvement, rallying, picking up, betterment, amelioration;
rally, upturn, upswing, comeback, revival, renewal, a turn for the better
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
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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, recapture, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption;
Law  replevin
rare recoupment, 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.
2.2 [count noun] An object or amount of money recovered: the recoveries included gold jewellery
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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 action of taking a vehicle or aircraft that has broken down or crashed to a place for repair: [as modifier]: a recovery vehicle
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  • The operator advised our journalist that the recovery vehicle could take up to 75 minutes to reach her and she would receive a phone call 10 minutes before it was due to arrive.
  • He also wants to establish a new vehicle recovery business on land at the back of the petrol station and put up a new security fence.
  • A recovery vehicle drove the car back to Huddersfield and the couple are hoping to make a donation to the fire service as a way of thanks.
2.4 (also recovery shot) [count noun] Golf A stroke bringing the ball from the rough or from a hazard back on to 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 [count noun] American Football An act of regaining a dropped ball: he finished the season with three fumble recoveries and an interception
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  • All told, he had 27 interceptions and 15 fumble recoveries.
  • They only had nine fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions in 2002.
  • Reed was all over the field this year, as evidenced by his nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and 76 tackles.
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: I have my heel below the pedal during the power stroke and above it during recovery [as modifier]: the brace is used as a recovery stroke to avoid capsize
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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.
3The process of removing or extracting an energy source or industrial chemical for use, reuse, or waste treatment: sulphur recovery
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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).


in recovery

Recovering from mental illness or drug addiction: many people in recovery tell trauma stories
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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'.

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