Definition of


  1. (verb, possession) get or find back; recover the use of
    She found her voice and replied quickly
  2. (verb, body) get over an illness or shock
  3. (verb, change) regain a former condition after a financial loss
    The company managed to recuperate
  4. (verb, possession) regain or make up for
  5. (verb, possession) reuse (materials from waste products)
  6. (verb, contact) cover anew

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Origin of the word Recover

  1. c.1300, "to regain consciousness," from Anglo-Fr. rekeverer (late 13c.), O.Fr. recovrer, from L. recuperare "to recover" (see recuperation). Meaning "to regain health or strength" is from early 14c.; sense of "to get (anything) back" is first attested mid-14c. Recovery is c.1300, in Anglo-Fr., both of health and of legal possession. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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