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recover

verb [I or T] uk   /rɪˈkʌv.ər/ us    //
B1 to get back something lost, especially health, ability, possessions, etc.: It took her a long while to recover (= become completely well again) from/after her heart operation. He never really recovered from the shock of his wife dying (= he was never happy after his wife died). She went into a coma and died without recovering consciousness. She was astonished to see me, but she soon recovered her composure/herself (= soon gave the appearance of being calm). It took a long time for the economy to recover (= improve) after the slump. Police only recover (= get back) a very small percentage of stolen goods. The initial outlay of setting up a company is considerable and it takes a while to recover those costs (= get back what you have spent).
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