- Recover is defined as to get back, regain or make up for.
- An example of recover is to get better after being ill.
- An example of recover is to make enough money to make up for prior financial losses: to recover losses.
This nurse is helping her patient to recover.
recover definition by Webster's New World
- to get back (something lost or stolen)
- to regain (health, consciousness, etc.)
- to compensate for; make up for: to recover losses
- to get (oneself) back to a state of control, balance, or composure
- to catch or save (oneself) from a slip, stumble, betrayal of feeling, etc.
- to reclaim (land from the sea, useful substances from waste, etc.)
- Law to get or get back by final judgment in a court: to recover damages
- Sports to gain or regain control or possession of (a fumbled, muffed, wild, or free ball, puck, etc.)
Origin: Middle English recoveren ; from Old French recovrer ; from Classical Latin recuperare: see recuperate
- to regain health, balance, or control
- to catch or save oneself from a slip, stumble, self-betrayal, etc.
- Law to succeed in a claim; receive judgment in one's favor
- Sports to recover a ball, puck, etc.
- recoverable adjective
recover definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb re·cov·ered, re·cov·er·ing, re·cov·ers verb, transitive
- To get back; regain.
- To restore (oneself) to a normal state: He recovered himself after a slip on the ice.
- To compensate for: She recovered her losses.
- To procure (usable substances, such as metal) from unusable substances, such as ore or waste.
- To bring under observation again: “watching the comet since it was first recovered—first spotted since its 1910 visit” (Christian Science Monitor).
- To regain a normal or usual condition, as of health.
- To receive a favorable judgment in a lawsuit.
Origin: Middle English recoveren, from Old French recoverer, from Latin recuperāre; see recuperate.
- re·covˈer·a·ble adjective
- re·covˈer·er noun
recover - Legal Definition