The noun recovery refers to the process of healing after an illness or injury. Your recovery from your broken leg will go quicker if you keep off the leg. Use your crutches and definitely no skiing or hopscotch!

A recovery is when you save something that was lost, in danger of becoming lost, or retrieved. If something was taken from you, such as diamonds, money, or your dignity, and you get it back, you can say that you are glad for its recovery. The noun recovery also refers to a return to a natural or original state. After a devastating hurricane, an area's recovery may take many years.

Definitions of recovery
  1. noun
    return to an original state
    “the recovery of the forest after the fire was surprisingly rapid”
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    advance, betterment, improvement
    a change for the better; progress in development
  2. noun
    gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
    synonyms: convalescence, recuperation
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    recuperation in which the symptoms of an acute disease gradually subside
    a marked recovery of strength or spirits during an illness
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    the natural process by which the body repairs itself
  3. noun
    the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
    synonyms: retrieval
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    the action of regaining possession (especially the seizure of collateral securing a loan that is in default)
    the recovery of useful substances from waste products
    deliverance, delivery, rescue, saving
    recovery or preservation from loss or danger
    the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
    recapture, retaking
    the act of taking something back
    saving the lives of drowning persons
    redemption, salvation
    (theology) the act of delivering from sin or saving from evil
    reclamation, reformation
    rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course
    the act of rescuing a ship or its crew or its cargo from a shipwreck or a fire
    the act of saving goods or property that were in danger of damage or destruction
    saving someone or something from harm or from an unpleasant situation
    search and rescue mission
    a rescue mission to search for survivors and to rescue them
    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
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