Meaning of recovery in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈkʌv(ə)ri/

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mass noun
  • 1A return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength.

    ‘signs of recovery in the housing market’
    • ‘it is hoped that Lawrence can make a full recovery’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The community extend best wishes to him for a speedy recovery and return to health.’
    • ‘Adding to the gloom was weaker-than-expected jobs data from the United States on Friday, which cast doubt on the strength of the economic recovery.’
    • ‘A special two-storey extension has been built on to the family's semi, complete with a special exercise bike to help aid her recovery and strengthen her muscles.’
    • ‘We don't know the strength of the underlying recovery.’
    • ‘Knowing what is going on ‘back home’ is essential to mental health recovery.’
    • ‘‘Such delays could have a serious impact on a patient's health and chance of recovery,’ said the report.’
    • ‘May you all have a full and speedy recovery to good health.’
    • ‘The employment situation also improved in the second quarter as the economic recovery gathered strength.’
    • ‘All his family and many friends hope to see Denny up and about again really soon and wish him a quick and speedy recovery to full health.’
    • ‘He said he had worked in the field of mental health recovery and was keenly aware of a patient's vulnerability.’
    • ‘There are some new signs of muscle recovery in his damaged legs, which are still partially paralysed.’
    • ‘Bridie has been unwell for a while and we wish her a very speedy recovery to full health.’
    • ‘Numerous scientific studies have shown that creatine helps to increase lean muscle mass and strength, speed up recovery, and promote anaerobic power.’
    • ‘Yet increasingly we are finding out that the state of our mind, emotions, and spirit have a significant impact on both our health and our recovery when illness strikes.’
    • ‘The family has been urged to keep in mind that his road to recovery will be a long one.’
    • ‘America's economic recovery and its likely strength have been and remain the central preoccupation in economics around the world.’
    • ‘Competitive athletes commonly take sports supplements to enhance their health, performance and recovery.’
    • ‘She will need years of love and undoubtedly competent and caring professional help to ensure her complete recovery.’
    • ‘She came out of the coma after two weeks and then the long road to her remarkable recovery began.’
    recuperation, convalescence, return to health, process of getting better, rehabilitation, healing, rallying
    improvement, rallying, picking up, betterment, amelioration
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  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every minute that a critical application is unavailable is costly and, therefore, faster data recovery reduces financial losses.’
    • ‘Transmitters can be concealed in the chassis of an automobile and thus facilitate the vehicle's recovery if stolen.’
    • ‘Dispossessed people have the right to the lawful recovery of their property and compensation.’
    • ‘Mr Costello sued in the County Court for recovery of the car.’
    • ‘It explores the discovery of a Raphael painting seized by the Nazis in the Second World War and its subsequent theft, recovery and record-breaking sale at Sotheby's.’
    retrieval, regaining, repossession, getting back, recapture, reclamation, recouping, retaking, redemption
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    1. 2.1The action of regaining or securing compensation or money lost or spent by means of a legal process or subsequent profits.
      ‘debt recovery’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The society added that abolishing the current system of debt recovery would discourage firms from advancing credit or lending money.’
      • ‘By agreement between the parties, this trial dealt only with the claim by the Plaintiff for recovery of the real estate commission.’
      • ‘That is, if the customer already has spent the loan money, no recovery can get the money back!’
      • ‘It is a fundamental principle of recovery in tort that the injured party be compensated for the full amount of his or her loss, but no more.’
      • ‘We are dealing with a relatively small sum of money in terms of recovery.’
      • ‘There is no possibility of recovery of any money invested in this operation.’
      • ‘Secondly Mr Hobbs submits that in an action for malicious falsehood recovery of damages is permitted even where there is no loss of reputation.’
      • ‘The ‘declaration’ of permanent disability, it held, was sufficient in itself to allow the plaintiff recovery of the applicable benefits.’
      • ‘It is unreasonable to incur a premium that is disproportionate and to expect recovery from the defendant for the cost of covering risks that ought properly to be borne by your client.’
      • ‘A number of jurisdictions allow for recovery of the cost of child rearing as an element of damages.’
      • ‘The action in the county court for recovery of the expenses was held to be time-barred.’
      • ‘As you will appreciate we therefore had a legal duty to meet asbestosis claims with rights of recovery against the client, but such rights may have availed us nothing had the client run into financial difficulties.’
      • ‘No arrests or recovery of the money have been made.’
      • ‘The courts take the view that such a Defendant / Respondent ‘can secure itself’ against the risk of non recovery of costs.’
      • ‘The funder has already stated that it is not interested in financing any recoveries from the Defendants in the London actions.’
      • ‘To pay such a premium where other more reasonable premiums are available may disentitle the litigant from making a full recovery of the costs of the premium.’
      • ‘After the sale, and the recovery of the amount owing on the mortgage, including interest and costs, the guarantor will be liable for any shortfall.’
    2. 2.2count noun An object or amount of money recovered.
      ‘the recoveries included gold jewellery’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The recoveries included trucks, cars and two wheelers.’
    3. 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fire crews made the area safe within an hour but roads leading to the smash were closed for several hours as specialist recovery vehicles travelled from as far afield as Cheshire and Leeds.’
      • ‘Salterforth Road was sealed off by police and guarded by an officer for more than three hours as recovery vehicles towed away the car and bus.’
      • ‘Vehicle recovery specialists were put to the test in Trowbridge on Saturday after two accidents within the space of an hour.’
      • ‘Not all breakdown companies have access to the same number of recovery vehicles.’
      • ‘The road was closed from 7pm while recovery experts hauled the vehicle free of the road, with cars diverted on to the A64 and A162 via Tadcaster.’
      • ‘The event itself is properly marshalled with backup and recovery vehicles.’
      • ‘Lanes two and three of the westbound carriageway were closed to allow recovery of the vehicles.’
      • ‘The fire stations have aircraft recovery equipment, all-terrain vehicles, foam cannons on top of their firetrucks and specialised aviation fire training.’
      • ‘Others needed the assistance of recovery vehicles to rescue them when the severe weather sent torrents of water cascading onto the roads of Kerry.’
      • ‘He said the soldiers had been involved in the recovery of another vehicle before the crash.’
      • ‘The recovery vehicle driver and the lorry driver were both in the recovery vehicle at the time of the crash, and escaped with minor injuries.’
      • ‘They will also assist with recovery of vehicles and assistance to people in emergencies.’
      • ‘The cost includes damage to road surfaces and the surrounding area, vehicle recovery and damage or destruction of street fixtures such as lamp posts and bins.’
      • ‘The flashing orange lights of the recovery vehicle beam into my room as the mechanic continually revs the failing engine.’
      • ‘The police arrived and were satisfied that the vehicle was parked safely while the driver arranged for the safe transfer of passengers and the recovery of the vehicle.’
      • ‘He added that it had not broken down, but had been involved in the recovery of another military vehicle prior to the collision.’
      • ‘Police were called and a recovery vehicle had to turn out to free the wagon.’
    4. 2.4Golf count noun A stroke bringing the ball from the rough or from a hazard back on to the fairway or the green.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘I hit a great recovery shot to within about 15 feet and two-putted for par.’
      • ‘I sprayed my drive, hit a recovery and chip and needed a par to shoot my first 79.’
    5. 2.5American Football count noun An act of regaining a dropped ball.
      ‘he finished the season with three fumble recoveries and an interception’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His numbers in 2001 were remarkable, including 117 tackles, six sacks, four tackles for a loss, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and one forced fumble.’
      • ‘Against Florida State in 2000, he finished the game with six tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery.’
      • ‘The club has allowed four interceptions and three fumble recoveries to be returned for touchdowns, putting it at a major disadvantage game after game.’
    6. 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’
      • ‘the brace is used as a recovery stroke to avoid capsize’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They make a whiplike power stroke followed by a slow, crawling recovery stroke.’
      • ‘Boxfishes and three-spine sticklebacks hover very well by oscillating their pectoral fins with large attack angles on both recovery and power strokes.’
      • ‘The comparison with the release and recovery of the butterfly stroke is inevitable.’
      • ‘The shoulder can be put into a precarious position during the recovery and entry periods of the crawl and butterfly strokes.’
      • ‘This virtual rowing plate, then, has a distinct recovery stroke in which the resultant force is minimized and a power stroke in which the resultant force is maximized.’
      • ‘In most birds the up-stroke of the wing is just a recovery stroke to get the wing back into position for the next down-stroke.’
      • ‘Here he shows excellent rotation, straight arm recovery with high shoulder position and a still head.’
      • ‘The pulling arm has finished its first stroke, and the shoulder is leading the way to the surface for the initial recovery.’
      • ‘Another drill that can aid in the acceleration for recovery is swimming butterfly with a flutter kick.’
      • ‘Once fully retracted, the limbs can then be feathered and brought forwards during a recovery stroke.’
  • 3The process of removing or extracting an energy source or industrial chemical for use, reuse, or waste treatment.

    ‘sulphur recovery’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘While silver recovery systems remove most of the chemical, other dangerous solvents are used to clean film-developing machinery.’
    • ‘Arguably, of course, the greater the emissions, the more efficient the sulphur recovery process could be.’
    • ‘The order of preference in waste handling is waste minimisation, re-use, then recycling and composting followed by energy recovery.’
    • ‘The draft document deals with waste minimisation, recycling and energy recovery.’
    • ‘The Environment Agency proposes to amend the substitute fuels protocol to permit recovery of wastes as fuel at co-incineration plants.’
    • ‘Other projects in the pipeline include the production of a trio of energy recovery facilities across the county.’
    • ‘Thanks to nifty new sulphur recovery units, the company has cut its air pollution way back.’


    in recovery
    • Recovering from mental illness or drug addiction.

      ‘many people in recovery tell trauma stories’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is likely that many of these individuals are in recovery themselves.’
      • ‘We now know that smokers who are in recovery from alcohol abuse can stop smoking without starting to drink again.’
      • ‘His own daughter is in recovery after five years of struggling with an eating disorder.’
      • ‘I have struggled with anorexia for the last five years or so, but I'm now in recovery and eating normally.’
      • ‘Chirpy as he sounds, he is still in recovery.’
      • ‘My closest friends are my friends in recovery, because we can talk to each other about what we feel today and help each other through it.’
      • ‘Along my journey in recovery, I've met a lot of courageous people young and old who have the courage to change and kick this deadly habit.’


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