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 Alphabetical order has an integral relationship with improvements in paraphernalia for the storage and retrieval of information and in writing instruments and materials. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘A Place for Everything’ Review: Ordering the Universe," 16 Oct. 2020 Or feel free to skip the diversion and come back later (marked on your map for simple retrieval). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "test ahead of its November launch," 14 Oct. 2020 Shay froze her eggs — 16 total — in January and July of last year, and previously opened up about the in vitro fertilization process during her first retrieval round. Jen Juneau,, "Scheana Shay Says She Would Likely Freeze Embryos with Boyfriend Brock Davies Before More Eggs," 28 Aug. 2020 Megan's clinic in New York City also shut down for two months soon after her retrieval. Stephanie Land, CNN, "Losing a pregnancy is complicated. Trying again in the pandemic was right for me," 2 Oct. 2020 The deployment and retrieval of the data center each took a day, according to a Microsoft press release. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Microsoft pulled its underwater data center out of the sea in Scotland," 14 Sep. 2020 Both deployment and retrieval of the Northern Isles needed particularly calm weather and a full day of careful work involving robots and winches between the pontoons of a gantry barge. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Microsoft declares its underwater data center test was a success," 14 Sep. 2020 Firstly, the mining-waste dumps and landfills in these areas are full of materials that are ripe for retrieval, which provides an extra incentive to clean up the environment there. David Meyer, Fortune, "Europe relies on foreign raw materials to power its green and digital future. Now it wants to mine them at home," 3 Sep. 2020 Donning an American flag bandanna, Ellie's tail wags happily during her whole food retrieval assignment at The Chick. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Watch Ellie the Dog Pick Up Her Owner's Curbside Delivery at a Chick-fil-A in Chapel Hill," 25 Aug. 2020

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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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20 Oct 2020

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“Retrieval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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