inflected forms: recovers; recovered; recovering
1 a [no object] : to become healthy after an illness or injury : to return to normal health • She had a heart attack but is recoveringwell. — often followed by from • He’s at home recovering from the flu.
1 b [no object] : to return to a normal state after a period of difficulty • Share prices will be down until the economy recovers. — often followed by from • The team never recovered from the devastating loss.
2 a [with object] : to get (something, such as an ability or feeling) again • He’ll try again when he recovers [=regains] his confidence. • She recovered consciousness in the hospital. • He suffered a stroke and hasn't yet recovered the use of his left arm.
2 b [with object] : to get back (something stolen or lost) • The police recovered his stolen wallet. • The program helps usersrecover computer files that have been deleted. — often followed byfrom • Very little was recovered from the wrecked ship.
2 c [with object] : to get back (money that has been spent, invested, etc.) • The author gets no royalties until the publisherrecovers [=recoups] the expenses of publication. • He may sue the company to recover damages for injuries caused by the device. [=to get money from the company to make up for being injured by the device]
— recoverable /rɪˈkʌvərəbəl/ adjective