re·​triev·​al | \ri-ˈtrē-vəl \

Definition of retrieval 

1 : an act or process of retrieving

2 : possibility of being retrieved or of recovering beyond retrieval

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Examples of retrieval in a Sentence

the retrieval of stolen goods The system allows quick storage and retrieval of data.

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The attackers used the profile retrieval API, which provides access to the information presented in a user's profile page, but there's no evidence yet that Facebook messages or other private data was viewed. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "50 million Facebook accounts breached by access-token-harvesting attack," 28 Sep. 2018 The retrieval of the memory unit came as Indonesia moved to restore confidence in its troubled aviation industry, putting both Lion Air, one of Asia’s largest low-cost carriers, and other airlines under closer inspection. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash: Divers Recover Jetliner’s Black Box," 1 Nov. 2018 The oil retrieval process is now ongoing, a joint project of the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and the Republic of Micronesia. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the U.S. Is Recovering Oil from a Nuked Warship," 17 Sep. 2018 If the retrieval and the return journey are successful, the asteroid material could provide clues to the origin of the solar system and life on Earth. Washington Post, "Japan space explorer arrives at asteroid to collect samples," 26 June 2018 About 45% of online orders are picked up inside stores, and the company is rolling out self-service lockers at the front of some stores to speed up order retrieval. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Home Depot Sets $1.2 Billion Supply-Chain Overhaul," 11 June 2018 Play fetch at the lake, or in it, with this soft, floating foam disc designed in Bend, Oregon, for easy retrieval and visibility. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Summer-themed toys for your four-legged friends," 26 June 2018 So Deborah and Jake endured three expensive failed hormone stimulations and egg retrievals, anxious speculation about early-onset menopause, and two miscarriages. Nicole Ellis, Washington Post, "‘Should I freeze my eggs?’: A doctor’s second opinion made all the difference," 2 May 2018 Earlier, rescue and retrieval work was hampered by inclement weather, said senior police official Sanjay Gunjiyal. Fox News, "Overcrowded bus plunges into gorge in India, killing 48," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of retrieval

circa 1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of retrieval was circa 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of retrieval

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

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