RECOVER, v.t. [L. recupero; re and capio, to take.]

1. To regain; to get or obtain that which was lost; as, to recover stolen goods; to recover a town or territory which an enemy had taken; to recover sight or senses; to recover health or strength after sickness.

David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried away. 1Sam. 30.

2. To restore from sickness; as, to recover one from leprosy. 2Kings 5.

3. To revive from apparent death; as, to recover a drowned man.

4. To regain by reparation; to repair the loss of, or to repair an injury done by neglect; as, to recover lost time.

Good men have lapses and failings to lament and recover.

5. To regain a former state by liberation from capture or possession.

That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil. 2Tim. 2.

6. To gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for injury or debt; as, to recover damages in trespass; to recover debt and cost in a suit at law.

7. To reach; to come to.

The forest is not three leagues off; if we recover that, we're sure enough.

8. To obtain title to by judgment in a court of law; as, to recover lands in ejectment or common recovery.


1. To regain health after sickness; to grow well; followed by of or from.

Go, inquire of Beelzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease. 2Kings 1.

2. To regain a former state or condition after misfortune; as, to recover from a state of poverty or depression.

3. To obtain a judgment in law; to succeed in a lawsuit. The plaintiff has recovered in his suit.