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re|cov|er
re|cov|er «rih KUHV uhr», verb, noun.
–v.t.
1. to get back (something lost, taken away, or stolen); regain: »

to recover a lost ring, to recover one's temper or health.

2. to make up for (something lost or damaged): »

to recover lost time.

3. to bring back to life, health, one's senses, or normal condition: »

Our men…took up three men; one of which was just drowning, and it was a good while before we could recover him (Daniel Defoe).

4. to get back to the proper position or condition: »

He started to fall but recovered himself.

5. to obtain by judgment in a law court: »

to recover damages.

6. to regain in usable form; reclaim. Many useful substances are now recovered from materials that used to be thrown away.
7. to rescue; deliver.
8. to return (a bayonet, sword, or the like) to a certain position, as after use.
9. Archaic. to get to; reach.
–v.i.
1. to get well; get back to a normal condition: »

to recover from flu. The man recovered of the bite—The dog it was that died (Oliver Goldsmith).

2. to obtain judgment in one's favor in a law court.
3. Sports. to make a recovery.
–n.
Sports. a recovery, especially a getting back to the proper position in fencing or boxing.
[< Anglo-French recoverer, Old French recovrer < Latin recuperāre. See etym. of doublet recuperate. (Cf.recuperate)]
Synonym Study transitive verb. 1 Recover, reclaim, retrieve mean to get something back. Recover means to get something back again after losing it: »

He recovered the stolen furs.

Reclaim means to get something back after temporarily giving it up: »

At the end of the trip we reclaimed our luggage.

Retrieve means to get something back after letting it lapse or deteriorate: »

It took him a long time to retrieve his reputation.

re-cov|er «ree KUHV uh, transitive verb.
1. to put a new cover on: »

We had our couch re-covered with new material.

2. to put a cover back on.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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