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verb recover pronunciation in British English /rɪˈkʌvə(r)/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlerecovering
past tenserecovered
past participlerecovered

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become fit and healthy again after an illness or injury
    recover from:

    I haven't fully recovered from that flu I had.

    1. a.
      to stop being affected by an unpleasant experience

      He was fired last month and he's still recovering from the shock.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to get something again that you lost or that someone stole from you

    The thieves were caught, but many of the items were never recovered.

    1. a.
      to get money again that you invested or lost

      They need to sell a million copies to recover their costs.

    2. b.
      to get the ability again to do or feel something, especially to control your movements or emotions after losing control of them

      Simon never recovered the use of his arm after the crash.

      recover consciousness:

      Darren was rushed to hospital, but he never recovered consciousness.

      recover your composure (=control your emotions again):

      Marian managed to recover her composure and thank everyone for coming.


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