“Art exists so that one may recover the sensation of life,” as literary critic Viktor Shklovsky said.
Had Dean beaten Kerry in Iowa, it would have been extremely hard for the Massachusetts senator to recover.
The college-educated and the married were the most likely to recover; the non-college and unmarried were least likely to recover.
c.1300, "to regain consciousness," from Anglo-French rekeverer (13c.), Old French recovrer "come back, return; regain health; procure, get again" (11c.), from Medieval Latin recuperare "to recover" (source of Spanish recobrar, Italian ricoverare; see recuperation). Meaning "to regain health or strength" is from early 14c.; sense of "to get (anything) back" is first attested mid-14c. Related: Recovered; recovering.