UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˌriːˈkʌvər/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/riˈkʌvɚ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(rē kuvər)

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
re-cov•er /riˈkʌvɚ/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object]
  1. to cover again:That chair needs to be re-covered.

re•cov•er /rɪˈkʌvɚ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to get back or regain (something lost or taken away):[+ object]I recovered my voice after a week of laryngitis. The insurance company helped us recover our losses.
  2. to regain one's strength, composure, balance, or the like: [no object]recovering from a bad cold.[+ oneself]He recovered himself after a memory lapse.
  3. to regain or extract (a substance) in a form that can be used;
    reclaim:[+ object]The recycling plant recovers metal and aluminum from the trash.
re•cov•er•a•ble, adj. 
re•cov•er•y, n., pl.  er•ies. [uncountable]The chances of recovery are slim.[countable]made a remarkable recovery.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re-cov•er  (rē kuvər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to cover again or anew.
  • 1375–1425; late Middle English recoveren; see re-, cover

re•cov•er  (ri kuvər),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to get back or regain (something lost or taken away):to recover a stolen watch.
  2. to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself ).
  3. to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself ).
  4. Law
    • to obtain by judgment in a court of law, or by legal proceedings:to recover damages for a wrong.
    • to acquire title to through judicial process:to recover land.
  5. to reclaim from a bad state, practice, etc.
  6. to regain (a substance) in usable form, as from refuse material or from a waste product or by-product of manufacture;
  7. Militaryto return (a weapon) to a previously held position in the manual of arms.
  8. Sport[Football.]to gain or regain possession of (a fumble):They recovered the ball on their own 20-yard line.

  1. to regain health after being sick, wounded, or the like (often fol. by from):to recover from an illness.
  2. to regain a former and better state or condition:The city soon recovered from the effects of the earthquake.
  3. to regain one's strength, composure, balance, etc.
  4. Lawto obtain a favorable judgment in a suit for something.
  5. Sport[Football.]to gain or regain possession of a fumble:The Giants recovered in the end zone for a touchdown.
  6. to make a recovery in fencing or rowing.
re•cover•er, n. 
  • Latin recuperāre to regain, recuperate
  • Middle French recoverer
  • Middle English recoveren 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Recover, reclaim, retrieve are to regain literally or figuratively something or someone.
      To recover is to obtain again what one has lost possession of:to recover a stolen jewel.To reclaim is to bring back from error or wrongdoing, or from a rude or undeveloped state:to reclaim desert land by irrigation.To retrieve is to bring back or restore, esp. something to its former, prosperous state:to retrieve one's fortune.
    • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heal, mend, recuperate;

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
re-cover /riːˈkʌvə/ vb (transitive)
  1. to cover again
  2. to provide (a piece of furniture, book, etc) with a new cover
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