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.

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However, the time period at which the library will send accounts to a retrieval agency will be shortened. Carol Kovach,, "Westlake Porter Public Library is going fine-free: West Shore Chatter," 27 Aug. 2019 In addition, information related to the identification and retrieval of personal property and vehicles will be available at the center. Leonardo Castañeda, The Mercury News, "FBI opening domestic terrorism investigation into Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: report," 6 Aug. 2019 The number of eggs a woman can produce in a monthly cycle leading up to an egg retrieval varies, depending upon her age, ovarian reserve, medical history and response to fertility drugs. NBC News, "Nation's fertility clinics struggle with a growing number of abandoned embryos," 12 Aug. 2019 Don’t miss the Chesapeake DockDogs from Aug. 9-11, which showcases pups competing with each other in big air and speed retrieval competitions. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 8 Aug. 2019 Each file is tagged with a barcode for easier tracking and retrieval. Catalina Righter,, "Records room update latest in Westminster Police modernizations," 21 July 2019 The husbands, Robert Rogers and Richard Fasano, would exchange small talk while their wives, Deborah Rogers and Donna Fasano, were being treated for ovarian stimulation and egg retrieval. Dov Fox, WIRED, "What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?," 17 July 2019 The accident occurred Sunday during a routine safety exercise of the platform's lifeboat launch and retrieval capabilities, Shell said, although the company has not elaborated yet on how the incident occurred. Jordan Blum, Houston Chronicle, "Two killed, one injured at Shell deepwater platform," 1 July 2019 As Henry Ford used the new imaging technology, the number of clot-retrieval cases grew, and the two thrombectomy-capable doctors were soon overwhelmed with cases. Thomas M. Burton, WSJ, "Hospitals Rush to Offer New Stroke Treatment," 26 Dec. 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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