HEALTH [I] › to become healthy or happy again after an illness, injury, or period of sadness: It takes a long time to recover from surgery. She never recovered from the death of her husband. SITUATION [I] › If a system or situation recovers, it returns to the way it was before something bad happened: The economy was quick to recover after the election. BODY [T] › to be able to use or feel again part of your body which has been damaged: He never fully recovered the use of his legs. GET BACK [T] › to get something back that has been lost or stolen: Police recovered the stolen money.