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verb (used with object)
to get back or regain (something lost or taken away):
to recover a stolen watch.
to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself).
to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself).

to obtain by judgment in a court of law, or by legal proceedings:
to recover damages for a wrong.
to acquire title to through judicial process:
to recover land.

to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.
to regain (a substance) in usable form, as from refuse material or from a waste product or by-product of manufacture; reclaim.
Military. to return (a weapon) to a previously held position in the manual of arms.
Football. to gain or regain possession of (a fumble):
They recovered the ball on their own 20-yard line.
verb (used without object)
to regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like (often followed by from):
to recover from an illness.
to regain a former and better state or condition:
The city soon recovered from the effects of the earthquake.
to regain one’s strength, composure, balance, etc.
Law. to obtain a favorable judgment in a suit for something.
Football. to gain or regain possession of a fumble:
The Giants recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
to make a recovery in fencing or rowing.
(transitive) to find again or obtain the return of (something lost)
to regain (loss of money, position, time, etc); recoup
(of a person) to regain (health, spirits, composure, etc), as after illness, a setback, or a shock, etc
to regain (a former and usually better condition): industry recovered after the war

(transitive) to gain (something) by the judgment of a court of law: to recover damages
(intransitive) to succeed in a lawsuit

(transitive) to obtain (useful substances) from waste
(intransitive) (in fencing, swimming, rowing, etc) to make a recovery


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