retrieval

noun re·triev·al \ ri-ˈtrē-vəl \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of retrieval

1 : an act or process of retrieving
2 : possibility of being retrieved or of recovering
  • beyond retrieval

Examples of retrieval in a Sentence

  1. the retrieval of stolen goods

  2. The system allows quick storage and retrieval of data.

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First Known Use of retrieval

circa 1643

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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RETRIEVAL Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of retrieval for English Language Learners

  • : the act or process of getting and bringing back something : the act or process of retrieving something



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