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n. pl. re·cov·er·ies
1. The act, process, duration, or an instance of recovering.
2. A return to a normal or healthy condition.
3. The act of obtaining usable substances from unusable sources.
in recovery
In the process of participating in a group or program providing treatment and support for a longstanding psychological or behavioral problem, such as abuse, addiction, grief, or trauma.


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. (Astronautics) the recovery of a space capsule after a space flight
6. (Law) 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) fencing a return to the position of guard after making an attack
8. (Rowing) swimming rowing the action of bringing the arm, oar, etc, forward for another stroke
9. (Swimming, Water Sports & Surfing) swimming rowing the action of bringing the arm, oar, etc, forward for another stroke
10. (Rowing) swimming rowing the action of bringing the arm, oar, etc, forward for another stroke
11. (Golf) golf a stroke played from the rough or a bunker to the fairway or green


(rɪˈkʌv ə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. the act or process of recovering.
2. the regaining of something lost or taken away.
3. restoration or return to any former and better condition, esp. to health from sickness, injury, addiction, etc.
4. something that is gained in recovering.
5. an improvement in the economy marking the end of a recession.
6. a movement or return to a particular position, esp. in preparation for the next movement.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French recoverie]


1. In air (aviation) operations, that phase of a mission which involves the return of an aircraft to a land base or platform afloat.
2. The retrieval of a mine from the location where emplaced.
3. Actions taken to rescue or extract personnel for return to friendly control.
4. Actions taken to extricate damaged or disabled equipment for return to friendly control or repair at another location. See also evader; evasion; evasion and recovery; recovery; recovery force.



cheat the worms To recover from a serious illness. The expression food for worms is used to describe a dead, decaying body. Thus, when someone recovers from a potentially fatal illness, these worms have been cheated.

eat snakes To recover one’s youth and vigor, to be rejuvenated. This obsolete expression dates from at least 1603. It is perhaps an allusion to the snake’s seasonal shedding of its old skin. The phrase appeared in John Fletcher’s The Elder Brother (1625):

That you have eat a snake, and are grown young, gamesome, and rampant.

get out from under To recoup one’s financial losses, to settle one’s debts; to remove one-self from a negative situation; to get back on one’s feet. This common expression implies the removal of an oppressive financial or personal burden, allowing one to lead a freer, more comfortable life.

Indian summer See WEATHER.

out of the woods Having passed through the most difficult or dangerous aspect of any ordeal or endeavor; on the road to recovery; with success assured; safe, secure.

When a patient reaches this stage [of convalescence], he is out of the woods. (Wister, The Virginian, 1902)

This expression, dating from the late 18th century, may be a shortened version of the older proverb don’t shout until you’re out of the woods, although the literal wood or forest has symbolized danger, confusion, and evil for centuries.

second wind A renewed source of energy, inspiration, drive, will power, etc.; a second life, a second chance. Wind in this phrase means ‘breath’ both literally (air inhaled and exhaled) and figuratively (the life force or vitality). Second wind remains current on both literal and figurative levels: the former refers to an actual physiological phenomenon in which an athlete, after reaching a point of near exhaustion, regains even breathing and has a second burst of energy; the latter denotes renewed “life” where life has an unlimited range of possible meanings. The following appeared as an advertisement for the second edition of Thomas Hood’s Epping Hunt (1830):

I am much gratified to learn from you, that the Epping Hunt has had such a run, that it is quite exhausted, and that you intend therefore to give the work what may be called “second wind,” by a new impression.

a shot in the arm A stimulant, incentive, or inducement; anything that causes renewed vitality, confidence, or determination; anything that helps a person toward success; an infusion of money or other form of assistance that gives new life to a foundering project or other matter. This expression alludes to the revitalizing effect of taking a shot ‘a small amount of liquor’ or ‘a hypodermic injection of some drug.’ In its contemporary usage, however, the expression is usually figurative.

The United States Olympic Shooting Team received an $80,000 shot in the arm Thursday afternoon. (Tom Yantz in The Hartford Courant, March 9, 1979)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.recovery - return to an original staterecovery - return to an original state; "the recovery of the forest after the fire was surprisingly rapid"
betterment, improvement, advance - a change for the better; progress in development
2.recovery - gradual healing (through rest) after sickness or injury
healing - the natural process by which the body repairs itself
lysis - recuperation in which the symptoms of an acute disease gradually subside
rally - a marked recovery of strength or spirits during an illness
3.recovery - the act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
human action, human activity, act, deed - something that people do or cause to happen
repossession - the action of regaining possession (especially the seizure of collateral securing a loan that is in default)
reclamation - the recovery of useful substances from waste products
deliverance, rescue, saving, delivery - recovery or preservation from loss or danger; "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"
ransom - the act of freeing from captivity or punishment
retaking, recapture - the act of taking something back


1. improvement, return to health, rally, healing, revival, mending, recuperation, convalescence, turn for the better He made a remarkable recovery from a shin injury.
2. revival, improvement, rally, restoration, rehabilitation, upturn, betterment, amelioration In many sectors of the economy the recovery has started.
3. retrieval, repossession, reclamation, restoration, repair, redemption, recapture the recovery of a painting by Turner
in recovery in rehabilitation, in rehab (informal), returning to health, in convalescence, in recuperation a compulsive pot smoker and alcoholic in recovery


1. The act of getting back or regaining:
2. A return to normal health:
3. A return to former prosperity or status:
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získanie späť
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A. N
1. (after accident, illness) → recuperación f, restablecimiento m (frm); (after shock, blow) → recuperación f (Fin) [of currency] → recuperación f (Econ) → reactivación f
her chances of recovery are not goodno tiene muchas posibilidades de recuperarse
to be in recovery (from addiction) → estar en rehabilitación
to make a recoveryrecuperarse, restablecerse
she has made a full recoveryse ha recuperado or restablecido completamente
prices made a slow recoverylas cotizaciones tardaron en restablecerse
to be on the road or way to recovery (Med) → estar camino de la recuperación (Econ) → estar camino de la reactivación
2. (= retrieval) [of bodies, wreck] → rescate m; [of debt] → cobro m; [of stolen property] → recuperación f (Jur) [of money] → recuperación f; [of property] → reivindicación f, recuperación f (Comput) [of data] → recuperación f
an action for recovery of damagesuna demanda por daños y perjuicios
3. (= reclaiming) [of materials] → recuperación f
B. CPD recovery room N (Med) → sala f de posoperatorio
recovery service N (Aut) → servicio m de rescate
recovery ship, recovery vessel Nnave f de salvamento
recovery time Ntiempo m de recuperación
recovery vehicle N (Aut) → grúa f
recovery ward N (Med) → sala f de posoperatorio


[rɪˈkʌvəri] n
(from illness, injury)rétablissement m
Best wishes for a speedy recovery! → Meilleurs vœux de prompt rétablissement!
to be in recovery (from addiction to drugs, alcohol)être en cure de désintoxication
[economy, currency, share prices, market] → redressement m
[stolen goods, lost property] → récupération f
A phone-call led to the recovery of the stolen property
BUT Un appel téléphonique a permis de récupérer les objets volés.
[waste materials] → récupération frecovery operation n (after crash, explosion etc)opération f de secoursrecovery position n (MEDICINE)position f latérale de sécurité
to put sb in the recovery position → mettre qn en position latérale de sécuritérecovery room n (MEDICINE)salle f de réveilrecovery vehicle ndépanneuse f


(of sth lost)Wiederfinden nt; (of one’s appetite also)Wiedergewinnung f; (of sth lent)Zurückbekommen nt; (of health)Wiedererlangung f; (of goods, property, lost territory)Zurückgewinnung f; (of body, space capsule, wreck)Bergung f; (Ind etc, of materials) → Gewinnung f; (of debt)Eintreibung f; (Jur, of damages) → Ersatz m(of für); (of losses)Wiedergutmachung f; (of expenses)Deckung f
(after shock, accident etc, St Ex, Fin) → Erholung f; (from illness also) → Genesung f (geh); (of consciousness)Wiedererlangung f, → Zusichkommen nt; (Jur: = success in lawsuit) → Prozessgewinn m; (Golf) → Schlag mvom Rough zum Fairway; to be on the road or way to recoveryauf dem Weg der Besserung sein; he is making a good recoveryer erholt sich gut; beyond recoverynicht mehr zu retten; to make a recovery (= regain strength etc)sich erholen; to be in recovery (from alcoholism etc) → eine Therapie machen
(Comput) (of data)Wiederherstellung f


recovery position
n (Med) → stabile Seitenlage; to put somebody in the recoveryjdn in die stabile Seitenlage bringen
recovery room
n (in hospital) → Wachstation f
recovery service
recovery ship
recovery team
n (Aviat, Naut) → Bergungsmannschaft f, → Rettungsmannschaft f
recovery vehicle


[rɪˈkʌvərɪ] n
a. (see vt) → ricupero, rimborso, risarcimento
b. (see vi) → ripresa
to make a recovery (Med) → avere or fare un miglioramento (Sport, Fin) → avere una ripresa
to be on the way to recovery (Med) → essere in via di guarigione (Sport, Fin) → essere in ripresa


(rəˈkavə) verb
1. to become well again; to return to good health etc. He is recovering from a serious illness; The country is recovering from an economic crisis.
2. to get back. The police have recovered the stolen jewels; He will recover the cost of the repairs through the insurance.
3. to get control of (one's actions, emotions etc) again. The actor almost fell over but quickly recovered (his balance).
reˈcovery noun
(an) act or process of recovering. The patient made a remarkable recovery after his illness; the recovery of stolen property.


شِفاء uzdravení restitution Genesung ανάρρωση recuperación toipuminen rétablissement oporavak guarigione 回復 회복 herstel bedring odzyskiwanie recuperação восстановление återhämtning ฟื้นจากการเจ็บป่วย iyileşme sự hồi phục 恢复


n. recuperación, restablecimiento, recobro, mejoría;
past ___sin remedio, sin cura;
___roomsala de ___.


n recuperación f
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