To recover something is to get it back. After you lose your watch, you might recover it from the wastebasket.

The re- in recover is a clue that this word has "again" as part of its meaning. We can only recover things that we had before. Often, this word applies to health. Someone who is sick needs to recover — when they're totally recovered, they're all better. If the stock market crashes, it needs to recover — this happens when the market is healthier and money is flowing again. It's good to recover, but it means something bad happened in the first place.

Definitions of recover
  1. verb
    regain or make up for
    synonyms: recoup, recuperate
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    catch up with, make up
    make up work that was missed due to absence at a later point
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    get or find back; recover the use of
    synonyms: find, regain, retrieve
    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
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    obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
    access or locate by address
    log in, log on, log-in
    enter a computer
    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  3. verb
    reuse (materials from waste products)
    synonyms: reclaim
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    type of:
    recycle, reprocess, reuse
    use again after processing
  4. verb
    get over an illness or shock
    synonyms: convalesce, recuperate
    restore to good health or strength
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    degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
    grow worse
    gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up, pick up
    gain or regain energy
    snap back
    recover quickly
    type of:
    ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
    get better
  5. verb
    regain a former condition after a financial loss
    “We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90”
    synonyms: go back, recuperate
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    rally, rebound
    return to a former condition
    type of:
    regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
    go back to a previous state
  6. verb
    cover anew
    recover a chair”
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    type of:
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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