information retrieval


Definition of information retrieval

: the techniques of storing and recovering and often disseminating recorded data especially through the use of a computerized system

Examples of information retrieval in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At one point, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked Microsoft’s attorney, E. Joshua Rosenkranz, how the information retrieval worked. Washington Post, "Supreme Court grapples with access to globalized data in U.S. investigations," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of information retrieval

1950, in the meaning defined above

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“Information retrieval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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