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recover (v.)

c. 1300, recoveren, "to regain consciousness," also "regain health or strength after sickness, injury, etc.," from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer "come back, return; regain health; procure, get again" (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare "to recover" (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation).

The sense of "get (anything) back, get or regain possession or control of," literally or figuratively, after it has been lost, is attested from mid-14c. In law, "obtain by judgment or legal proceedings," late 14c. The transitive sense of "restore from sickness, restore (another) to health" is from c. 1600; that of "rescue, save from danger" is from 1610s. Related: Recovered; recovering. To recover arms (1680s) is to bring the piece from the position of "aim" to that of "ready."

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Definitions of recover from WordNet

recover (v.)
get or find back; recover the use of;
Synonyms: retrieve / find / regain
recover (v.)
get over an illness or shock;
Synonyms: recuperate / convalesce
recover (v.)
regain a former condition after a financial loss;
We expect the stocks to recover to $2.90
Synonyms: go back / recuperate
recover (v.)
regain or make up for;
Synonyms: recoup / recuperate
recover (v.)
reuse (materials from waste products);
Synonyms: reclaim
recover (v.)
cover anew;
recover a chair
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