To recover is to have something returned. It could be something that was lost, stolen, forgotten, or swept away by strong forces in nature.
Somehow Samantha’s lost wedding ring was recovered after thirty years.
Recovered works of art that disappeared during World War II are now back in the museums where they were first displayed.
The police recovered valuable merchandise stolen from a store downtown.
Sailors were able to recover the remains of people who were victims of a storm.
Some of the luggage lost in the storm was never recovered.
Ralph recovered his boat from the other side of the lake after it broke loose from the dock.
A person recovers after a difficult emotional experience:
Juan never recovered from his wife’s untimely death.
The family is still trying to recover from the devastating loss.
Jill quickly recovered after her divorce.
It was difficult for Ted to recover from the loss of a job he held for 25 years.
Everyone wonders if Bill’s reputation will ever recover from a drug-related prison sentence.
To recover is also to regain one’s health after sickness:
Jennifer is still recovering following a nasty cold.
It’s has taken her a long time to recover.
Her recovery took weeks. (The word "recovery" is a noun.)
Jade quickly recovered from a stroke.
Doctors called her recovery a miracle.
She doesn’t think she’ll be able to recover the files that were deleted on her computer.
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December 28, 2017