re ‧ cov ‧ er ‧ y W3 AC /rɪˈkʌv ə ri/ BrE AmE noun
[ Word Family: verb : ↑ recover ; noun : ↑ recovery ]
1 . [singular, uncountable] the process of getting better after an illness, injury etc
make a full/good/remarkable etc recovery
Doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
Ann made a quick recovery from her operation.
2 . [singular, uncountable] the process of returning to a normal condition after a period of trouble or difficulty:
Hopes of economic recovery are fading.
3 . [uncountable] when you get something back that has been taken or lost
the recovery of the stolen money
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 1)
▪ make a recovery
She has since made a complete recovery.
▪ speed (up) sb’s recovery (=make them recover more quickly)
She believes that a holiday would speed my recovery.
▪ aid sb’s recovery (=help someone to recover)
Although it is not a cure, the drug can aid recovery.
▪ a full/complete recovery
She was severely injured but made a full recovery.
▪ a good/satisfactory recovery
He is making a good recovery from a knee injury.
▪ a remarkable/amazing/miraculous recovery
Doctors have every confidence that Laura will continue her remarkable recovery.
▪ a speedy/quick/swift recovery
We wish him a speedy recovery.
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)
▪ an economic recovery
The U.S. is showing solid signs of an economic recovery.
▪ a sustained recovery (=that continues for a long time)
Will these policies provide a basis for sustained recovery and sustained growth?
▪ a modest recovery (=not very great)
On the foreign exchanges the pound managed a modest recovery from Thursday’s slump.
▪ a slow recovery
A slow recovery in the hotel market is likely to hold back the company’s profits.