re·​triev·​al | \ ri-ˈtrē-vəl How to pronounce retrieval (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Any procurement department in any company will attest to how transformational this process will be, alleviating the manual burden of record-keeping and retrieval, and leveraging the power of AI to manage these crucial relationships more effectively. Annie Brown, Forbes, 26 Sep. 2021 Photograph or scan your documents and save them to the cloud for easy retrieval in the event of a loss. Ron Hurtibise,, 24 May 2018 The man stayed asleep throughout the retrieval process, officials said. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Sep. 2021 With access still difficult, the U.S. military went beyond the airport to carry out another helicopter retrieval of Americans. Compiled Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 24 Aug. 2021 The segments depicting when the retrieval of the treasure becomes a matter of state lensed in Spain’s equivalent of the White House, Madrid’s Palacio de Moncloa. John Hopewell, Variety, 13 Sep. 2021 Delta-9 is the quintessential form of THC that has been the subject of clinical trials for everything from multiple sclerosis to memory retrieval. Kaitlin Sullivan, NBC News, 28 June 2021 Marshall awarded a contract worth potentially $85 million to Northrop Grumman Systems to provide parts of the retrieval system. Lee Roop |, al, 22 July 2021 Some have demonstrated a rather human capacity for quickly picking up the names of new objects and storing them for future retrieval., 30 May 2021

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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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9 Oct 2021

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“Retrieval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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