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From Anglo-Norman recoverer, from Latin recuperō, from earlier reciperō; equivalent to re- +‎ coveren (to recover).


  • IPA(key): /rɛˈkuv(ə)rən/, /rɛˈkɔv(ə)rən/, /rɛˈkɛv(ə)rən/



  1. To get back; to recover possession or use of (a faculty, power, territory, member, etc.):
    1. To become healthy again; to recuperate from an illness or wound.
    2. (rare) To come back from a faint; to regain consciousness or life.
    3. (law) To be compensated for damages or have something restored.
    4. (rare) To come back from military defeat; to renew oneself.
  2. To aid or assist; to lend a hand or provide assistance to someone:
    1. To emotionally revitalise or regenerate; to heal bad feelings or mood.
    2. To make good by reparation; to make up for; to retrieve; to repair the loss or injury of.
    3. (rare) To make better or healthier; to heal or cause to recuperate.
  3. To get hold of; to take into one's possession or ownership.
  4. To win; to obtain success, victory, or prosperity.
  5. To stand up or cause to stand up again (after being knocked down)
  6. (rare) To come somewhere; to get to a destination.
  7. (rare) To come back somewhere; to revisit (especially while retreating)
  8. (rare) To do a second time; to cause to recur or reoccur.


Related termsEdit


  • English: recover