The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Recover \Re*cov"er\ (r?*k?v"?r), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Recovered
(-?rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Recovering. ] [OE. recoveren, OF.
recovrer, F. recouvrer, from L. recuperare; pref. re- re + a
word of unknown origin. Cf.Recuperate.]
1. To get or obtain again; to get renewed possession of; to
win back; to regain.
David recovered all that the Amalekites had carried
away. --1. Sam. xxx.
2. To make good by reparation; to make up for; to retrieve;
to repair the loss or injury of; as, to recover lost time.
"Loss of catel may recovered be." --Chaucer.
Even good men have many failings and lapses to
lament and recover. --Rogers.
3. To restore from sickness, faintness, or the like; to bring
back to life or health; to cure; to heal.
The wine in my bottle will recover him. --Shak.
4. To overcome; to get the better of, -- as a state of mind
I do hope to recover my late hurt. --Cowley.
When I had recovered a little my first surprise.
5. To rescue; to deliver.
That they may recover themselves out of the snare of
the devil, who are taken captive by him. --2. Tim.
6. To gain by motion or effort; to obtain; to reach; to come
The forest is not three leagues off;
If we recover that, we're sure enough. --Shak.
Except he could recover one of the Cities of Refuge
he was to die. --Hales.
7. (Law) To gain as a compensation; to obtain in return for
injury or debt; as, to recover damages in trespass; to
recover debt and costs in a suit at law; to obtain title
to by judgement in a court of law; as, to recover lands in
ejectment or common recovery; to gain by legal process;
as, to recover judgement against a defendant.
Recover arms (Mil. Drill), a command whereby the piece is
brought from the position of "aim" to that of "ready."
Syn: To regain; repossess; resume; retrieve; recruit; heal;