Simple Definition of retrieve
: to get and bring (something) back from a place
: to find and get (information) from a computer or disk
: to find and bring birds or animals that have been shot back to a hunter
Full Definition of retrieve
1 : to locate and bring in (killed or wounded game)
2 : to call to mind again
3 : to get back again : regain
6 : to remedy the evil consequences of : correct
7 : to get and bring back; especially : to recover (as information) from storage
: to bring in game <a dog that retrieves well>; also : to bring back an object thrown by a person
retrievabilityplay \-ˌtrē-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
retrievableplay \-ˈtrē-və-bəl\ adjective
Examples of retrieve in a sentence
Many archaeological relics were retrieved from the site.
Police retrieved his stolen car.
You can quickly retrieve data.
The files were retrieved from the computer.
He was able to retrieve the document.
The dog is learning how to retrieve.
The dog has been trained to retrieve birds.
Origin and Etymology of retrieve
Middle English retreven, from Anglo-French retrueve-, present stem of retrover to find again, from re- + trover to compose, invent, find, from Vulgar Latin *tropare — more at troubadour
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of retrieve
1 : retrieval
2 : the successful return of a ball that is difficult to reach or control (as in tennis)
First Known Use of retrieve
Rhymes with retrieve
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Definition of retrieve for Students
1 : to get and bring back <One of the players retrieved the ball.>
2 : to find and bring back killed or wounded game <The dog learned to retrieve birds.>
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