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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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 However, as Allen's case indicates, timely record retrieval continues to be a challenge for the clerk of the circuit court. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Hundreds of Illinois prisoners languish behind bars waiting for Dorothy Brown to do her job," 24 May 2018 Interns, volunteers and more avid fishermen can assist with line and tackle and retrieval of the fish. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Give fishing a try at annual Gurnee event," 3 July 2018 In regular session, the council approved on first reading an ordinance requiring businesses to have a shopping-cart containment plan or retrieval service. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, June 24," 24 June 2018 In the early days of these water retrievals, workers were expected to fish them out themselves; LimeBike workers even cobbled together a makeshift grappling hook to snare them. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 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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