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"recover" in British English

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recoververb [I or T]

uk   /rɪˈkʌv.ər/  us   //
to ​becomecompletely well again after an ​illness or ​injury: It took her a ​longtime to recover from/after her ​heartoperation. He never really recovered from the ​shock of his ​wifedying. to ​becomesuccessful or ​normal again after being ​damaged or having ​problems: It took a ​longtime for the ​economy to recover after the ​slump.B1 to get back something ​lost or ​spent: 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). Police only recover a very ​smallpercentage of ​stolengoods. The ​initialoutlay of setting up a ​company is ​considerable and it ​takes a while to recover those costs.

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(Definition of recover from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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recoververb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈkʌv·ər/
to get ​better after an ​illness or a ​period of ​difficulty or ​trouble: [I] It took her a while to recover after the ​operation. To recover something is to ​find or get back the use of something ​lost or taken away: [T] The ​police recovered her ​handbag, but her ​wallet was gone.
(Definition of recover from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"recover" in Business English

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recoververb

uk   us   /rɪˈkʌvər/
[I] ECONOMICS, FINANCE to ​improve after a difficult ​period or after ​falling in ​value: Consumer ​confidence has been ​slow to recover in the aftermath of the ​creditcrunch. Profits are expected to recover in the ​currentfinancialyear. Over the past week ​shares have recovered considerably. Thanks in ​part to ​emergencyloans, the ​industry recovered surprisingly quickly.recover from With the country's ​economy recovering from its ​deepest recession for 50 ​years, ​companyearnings are expected to be ​higher than a ​year ago.recover to 12%/70c etc. Since their 52p ​low in autumn of last ​year, ​shares have recovered to 687p.
[T] FINANCE to get back ​money you have ​spent, ​invested, or ​lost: Airlines are ​imposinghighersurcharges in an attempt to recover a ​percentage of the ​increase in ​fuelprices.recover debts/investments/funds Cautious ​investors are likely to ​stay out of the ​market until they have recovered their ​initialinvestment.
LAW to get ​money from a ​person or ​company that has caused you ​loss or ​damage by ​order of a ​court of ​law: recover costs/damages/money Current ​legislation does not ​permit an ​employee to recover ​damages for a ​hostileworkingenvironment. Harrington ​led the ​lawsuit to recover ​losses from the ​bondsissued by the ​fraudulentcorporation.
[T] to get something back that was ​lost or almost destroyed: New Orleans has recovered much of its ​economicbase, and ​salestaxrevenues are approaching ​normal. We had to ​bring in a ​computerexpert to ​help us recover the ​data from the hard ​drive.
[T] NATURAL RESOURCES to get ​naturalresources such as ​oil or ​gas from under the ​ground or sea: Technological ​advances are helping ​companies recover more of the ​oil and ​gas they ​find.
(Definition of recover from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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