Dictionary: RE-COUNT' – REC'RE-AT-ING

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RE-COUNT', v.t. [Fr. reconter; Sp. recontar; It. raccontare; re and count.]

To relate in detail; to recite; to tell or narrate the particulars; to rehearse. Say from these glorious seeds what harvest flows, / Recount our blessings, and compare our woes. – Dryden.


Related or told in detail; recited.


Relating in a series; narrating.


Relation in detail; recital. [Little used.] – Shak.


for Recovered or Recured. [Not used.] Spenser.

RE-COURSE, n. [Fr. recours; It. ricorso; Sp. recurso; L. recursus; re and cursus, curro, to run. Literally a running back; a return.]

  1. Return; new attack. [Not in use.] – Brown.
  2. A going to with a request or application, as for aid a protection. Children have recourse to their parents for assistance.
  3. Application of efforts, art or labor. The general had recourse to stratagem to effect his purpose. Our last recourse is therefore to our art. – Dryden.
  4. Access. [Little used.]
  5. Frequent passage. – Shak.


To return. [Not used.] – Fox.


Moving alternately. [Not in use.] – Drayton.

RE-COV-ER, v.i.

  1. To regain health after sickness; to grew well; followed by of or from. Go, inquire of Beelzebub, the god of Ekron, whether I shall recover of this disease. – 2 Kings i.
  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 plaintif has recovered in his suit.

RE-COV-ER, v.t. [Fr. recouvrer; It. ricoverare or ricuperare; Sp. and Port. recobrar; 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. – 1 Sam. xxx.
  2. To restore from sickness; as, to recover one from leprosy. – 2 Kings v.
  3. To revive from apparent death; as, to recover a drowned man.
  4. To gain 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. – Rogers.
  5. To regain a former state by liberation from capture or possession. That they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil. – 2 Tim. ii.
  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. – Shak.
  8. To obtain title to by judgment in a court of law; as, to recover lands in ejectment or common recovery.


  1. That may be regained or recovered. Goods lost or sunk in the ocean are not recoverable.
  2. That may be restored from sickness.
  3. That may be brought back to a former condition. A prodigal course / Is like the sun's, but not like his recoverable. – Shak.
  4. That may be obtained from a debtor or possessor. The debt is recoverable.


Regained; restored; obtained by judicial decision.


In law, the tenant or person against whom a judgment is obtained in common recovery. – Blackstone.


Regaining; obtaining in return or by judgment in law; regaining health.


In law, the demandant or person who obtains a judgment in his favor in common recovery. – Blackstone.


  1. The act of regaining, retaking or obtaining possession of any thing lost. The crusades were intended for the recovery of the holy land from the Saracens. We offer a reward for the recovery of stolen goods.
  2. Restoration from sickness or apparent death. The patient has a slow recovery from a fever. Recovery from a pulmonary affection is seldom to be expected. Directions are given for the recovery of drowned persons.
  3. The capacity of being restored to health. The patient is past recovery.
  4. The obtaining of right to something by a verdict and judgment of court from an opposing party in a suit; as, the recovery of debt, damages and costs by a plaintif, the recovery of cost by a defendant; the recovery of land in ejectment. Common recovery, in law, is a species of assurance by matter of record, or a suit or action, actual or fictitious, by which lands are recovered against the tenant of the freehold; which recovery binds all persons, and vests an absolute fee-simple in the recoverer. – Blackstone.


A cowardly yielding; Mean spiritedness.

REC'RE-ANT, a. [Norm. recreant, cowardly, properly crying out, from recrier; that is, begging. See Craven.]

  1. Crying for mercy, as a combatant in the trial by battle; yielding; hence, cowardly; mean spirited. – Blackstone.
  2. Apostate; false. Who for so many benefits receiv'd, / Turn'd recreant to God, ingrate and false. – Milton.


One who yields in combat and cries craven; one who begs for mercy; hence, a mean spirited, cowardly wretch. Blackstone.

REC'RE-ATE, v.i.

To take recreation. – Addison.

RE-CRE-ATE, v.t.

To create or form anew. On opening the campaign of 1776, instead of reinforcing, it was necessary to re-create the army. – Marshall.

REC'RE-ATE, v.t. [L. recreo; re and creo, to create; Fr. recreer; It. ricreare; Sp. recrear.]

  1. To refresh after toil; to reanimate, as languid spirits or exhausted strength; to amuse or divert in weariness. Painters when they work on white grounds, place before them colors mixed with blue and green to recreate their eyes. – Dryden. St. John is said to have recreated himself with sporting with a tame partridge. – Taylor.
  2. To gratify; to delight. These ripe fruits recreate the nostrils with their aromatic scent. – More.
  3. To relieve; to revive; as, to recreate the lungs with fresh air. – Harvey.


Created or formed anew.


Refreshed; diverted; amused; gratified.


Refreshing after toil; reanimation the spirits or strength; diverting; amusing.