re·​triev·​al ri-ˈtrē-vəl How to pronounce retrieval (audio)
: an act or process of retrieving
: possibility of being retrieved or of recovering
beyond retrieval

Example Sentences

the retrieval of stolen goods The system allows quick storage and retrieval of data.
Recent Examples on the Web Kimberly Finkle awoke from her retrieval procedure content and at peace. Hannah Jackson, ELLE, 8 Dec. 2022 The earliest search, database and information-retrieval engines matched keywords in a query against keywords extracted from an information source. Scott Penberthy, Scientific American, 7 Dec. 2022 Three years later, in summer 2015, the twins arrived after Sarah's sister went through an egg retrieval procedure to help the couple have another child. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, 13 Nov. 2022 While the usual process to extract sperm is relatively simple and rarely involves surgery, egg freezing requires hormone injections and an egg retrieval procedure that takes place under anesthesia. Tara Subramaniam, CNN, 29 July 2022 Several decades ago, the sample-retrieval bag was donated to the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, but went missing soon after, according to a report from National Geographic. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 14 Apr. 2022 After successful egg retrieval, a patient must wait between four and seven days to know whether the process has resulted in a viable embryo. Dr. Jeremy Thompson, Quartz, 15 Dec. 2022 In most cases, hyperstimulation causes sluggishness, nausea, bloating and general discomfort for a week or so after retrieval. Hannah Jackson, ELLE, 8 Dec. 2022 The thrill of the moment has burned out; now begins the process of retrieval, before the memory cools. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1643, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of retrieval was circa 1643

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“Retrieval.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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re·​triev·​al ri-ˈtrē-vəl How to pronounce retrieval (audio)
: an act or process of retrieving

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