recover

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.

Primary Meanings of recover

1.
v
regain or make up for
2.
v
reuse (materials from waste products)
3.
v
get over an illness or shock
4.
v
cover anew
Full Definitions of recover
1

v regain or make up for

Synonyms:
recoup, recuperate
Types:
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

v 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
Types:
access
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
address
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
2

v reuse (materials from waste products)

Synonyms:
reclaim
Type of:
recycle, reprocess, reuse
use again after processing
3

v get over an illness or shock

Synonyms:
convalesce, recuperate
recuperate
restore to good health or strength
Antonyms:
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop
grow worse
Types:
gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up, pick up
gain or regain energy
snap back
recover quickly
Type of:
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better

v regain a former condition after a financial loss

“We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90”
Synonyms:
go back, recuperate
Types:
rally, rebound
return to a former condition
Type of:
regress, retrovert, return, revert, turn back
go back to a previous state
4

v cover anew

recover a chair”
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered

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