noun, plural recoveries.
an act of recovering.
the regaining of or possibility of regaining something lost or taken away.
restoration or return to health from sickness.
restoration or return to any former and better state or condition.
time required for recovering.
something that is gained in recovering.
an improvement in the economy marking the end of a recession or decline.
the regaining of substances in usable form, as from refuse material or waste products.
Law. the obtaining of right to something by verdict or judgment of a court of law.
Football. an act or instance of recovering a fumble.
Fencing. the movement to the position of guard after a lunge.
Rowing. a return to a former position for making the next stroke.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French recoverie. See recover, -y3 Unabridged
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recovery (rɪˈkʌvərɪ)
n , pl -eries
1.  the act or process of recovering, esp from sickness, a shock, or a setback; recuperation
2.  restoration to a former or better condition
3.  the regaining of something lost
4.  the extraction of useful substances from waste
5.  the recovery of a space capsule after a space flight
6.  law
 a.  the obtaining of a right, etc, by the judgment of a court
 b.  (in the US) the final judgment or verdict in a case
7.  fencing a return to the position of guard after making an attack
8.  swimming, rowing the action of bringing the arm, oar, etc, forward for another stroke
9.  golf a stroke played from the rough or a bunker to the fairway or green

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Example sentences
In this example you can see the normal process of recovery from trauma
  reflected in the client s dreams.
We can actually care about the health and recovery of our colleagues and wish
  them the best.
Manufacturing is one of the bright spots of a generally disappointing recovery.
The recovery was somewhat more than he'd bargained for.
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