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.
when you get something back that has been taken or lost
the recovery of the stolen money