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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. b.
      if a country, economy etc recovers after a difficult period, it begins to get stronger and return to its earlier state
      The housing market appears to be recovering from the recession.
  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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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