recover re‧cov‧er [rɪˈkʌvə ǁ -ər] verb
1. [intransitive] to increase or improve after falling in value or getting worse:

• Its shares plunged at the start of trading, but recovered to close only slightly down.

2. [transitive] FINANCE to get back money that you have spent or lost:

• The firm sued Mr Yasutomi and has recovered about one-third of its loss.

3. [transitive] to get back something that was stolen, lost, or almost destroyed:

• The FBI recovered over 100 stolen items from his apartment.

4. recover damages/​costs LAW to be paid money by order of a court of law:

• To recover damages against a teacher, a student must be able to show that it was the teacher's negligence that caused the injury.

5. [transitive] if someone recovers oil, gold etc, they take it from under the ground or sea:

• They plan to recover 35 million barrels of oil from the two fields over six years.

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recover UK US /rɪˈkʌvər/ verb
[I] ECONOMICS, FINANCE to improve after a difficult period or after falling in value: »

Consumer confidence has been slow to recover in the aftermath of the credit crunch.


Profits are expected to recover in the current financial year.


Over the past week shares have recovered considerably.


Thanks in part to emergency loans, the industry recovered surprisingly quickly.

recover from »

With the country's economy recovering from its deepest recession for 50 years, company earnings are expected to be higher than a year ago.

recover to 12%/70c etc. »

Since their 52p low in autumn of last year, shares have recovered to 687p.

[T] FINANCE to get back money you have spent, invested, or lost: »

Airlines are imposing higher surcharges in an attempt to recover a percentage of the increase in fuel prices.

recover debts/investments/funds »

Cautious investors are likely to stay out of the market until they have recovered their initial investment.

LAW to get money from a person or company that has caused you loss or damage by order of a court of law: recover costs/damages/money »

Current legislation does not permit an employee to recover damages for a hostile working environment.


Harrington led the lawsuit to recover losses from the bonds issued by the fraudulent corporation.

[T] to get something back that was lost or almost destroyed: »

New Orleans has recovered much of its economic base, and sales tax revenues are approaching normal.


We had to bring in a computer expert to help us recover the data from the hard drive.

[T] NATURAL RESOURCES to get natural resources such as oil or gas from under the ground or sea: »

Technological advances are helping companies recover more of the oil and gas they find.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Recover — Re*cov er (r?*k?v ?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Recovered} ( ?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Recovering}. ] [OE. recoveren, OF. recovrer, F. recouvrer, from L. recuperare; pref. re re + a word of unknown origin. Cf.{Recuperate}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To get or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recover — re·cov·er /ri kə vər/ vt 1: to get back or get back an equivalent for recover costs through higher prices 2 a: to obtain or get back (as damages, satisfaction for a debt, or property) through a judgment or decree recover damages in a tort action… …   Law dictionary

  • recover — 1 Recover, regain, retrieve, recoup, recruit can mean to get back something that has been let go or lost. Recover, the most comprehensive of these terms, may imply a finding or obtaining something material or immaterial that has been lost… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • recover — [ri kuv′ər] vt. [ME recoveren < OFr recovrer < L recuperare: see RECUPERATE] 1. a) to get back (something lost or stolen) b) to regain (health, consciousness, etc.) 2. to compensate for; make up for [to recover losses] 3 …   English World dictionary

  • Recover — Re*cov er (r?*k?v ?r), v. i. 1. To regain health after sickness; to grow well; to be restored or cured; hence, to regain a former state or condition after misfortune, alarm, etc.; often followed by of or from; as, to recover from a state of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recover — c.1300, to regain consciousness, from Anglo Fr. rekeverer (late 13c.), O.Fr. recovrer, from L. recuperare to recover (see RECUPERATION (Cf. recuperation)). Meaning to regain health or strength is from early 14c.; sense of to get (anything) back… …   Etymology dictionary

  • recover — [v1] find again balance, bring back, catch up, compensate, get back, make good, obtain again, offset, reacquire, recapture, reclaim, recoup, recruit, redeem, rediscover, regain, reoccupy, repair, replevin, replevy, repossess, rescue, restore,… …   New thesaurus

  • Recover — Re*cov er, n. Recovery. Sir T. Malory. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Recover — Re*cov er (r?*k?v ?r), v. t. [Pref. re + cover: cf. F. recouvrir.] To cover again. Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • recover — recover,   Synonym für restore …   Universal-Lexikon

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