retrieve

verb
re·​trieve | \ ri-ˈtrēv \
retrieved; retrieving

Definition of retrieve

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to locate and bring in (killed or wounded game)
2 : to call to mind again
3 : to get back again : regain
4a : rescue, salvage
b : to return (something, such as a ball or shuttlecock that is difficult to reach) successfully
5 : restore, revive his writing retrieves the past
6 : to remedy the evil consequences of : correct
7 : to get and bring back especially : to recover from storage retrieve information

intransitive verb

: to bring in game a dog that retrieves well also : to bring back an object thrown by a person

retrieve

noun

Definition of retrieve (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : retrieval
2 : the successful return of a ball that is difficult to reach or control (as in tennis)

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Other Words from retrieve

Verb

retrievability \ ri-​ˌtrē-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē \ noun
retrievable \ ri-​ˈtrē-​və-​bəl \ adjective

Examples of retrieve in a Sentence

Verb

Many archaeological relics were retrieved from the site. Police retrieved his stolen car. You can quickly retrieve data. The files were retrieved from the computer. He was able to retrieve the document. The dog is learning how to retrieve. The dog has been trained to retrieve birds.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

At the Locker, follow the instructions on the screen to retrieve your box. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Hide Amazon Orders From Your Family This Holiday Season," 6 Nov. 2018 Cracking your egg straight into a pan won't always give you time to retrieve stray pieces of shell before the food cooks through. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Crack Your Eggs Into a Separate Bowl, I'm Begging You," 11 Oct. 2018 Like its Jump bikes, nearby scooters can be booked before users get close enough to unlock them, and if, on the way to retrieve a vehicle, another scooter shows up that’s closer, the app will let riders switch. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Uber launches electric scooter service," 3 Oct. 2018 According to the National Committee on North Korea, US military personnel engaged in missions to retrieve remains in North Korea from 1993 through 2005. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, "Trump and Kim agree to recovery of US military remains from Korean War," 12 June 2018 Molteno, fearing for the chopper's safety—and realizing Mararv might be bleeding to death—decided to return to headquarters, 15 miles away, to retrieve a third team of rangers and seek medical attention for Mararv. Tristan Mcconnell, GQ, "The Bloody Toll of Congo's Elephant Wars," 16 Apr. 2018 But researchers were unable to retrieve any DNA from the tooth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The F.B.I. Helped a Museum Learn the Identify of a 4,000-Year-Old Severed Head," 5 Apr. 2018 Light, citing competitive reasons, would not provide the exact numbers of Ofo bikes in metro Phoenix or the number of people employed to retrieve them. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Phoenix and Scottsdale move to regulate bike-sharing," 7 July 2018 That evolved to breaking into the pumps, installing skimmers inside and retrieving them later. Tonya Alanez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Skimmer alert! Holiday travelers advised to pay cash for gas," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The event featured a big air, extreme vertical, speed retrieve and iron dog competitions. Lindsey Salvatelli, Lake County News-Sun, "High-flying dogs make a splash at Libertyville Dog Days," 8 July 2018 Both are short, fat floaters that wobble down to a foot or two on a steady retrieve. Joe Songer, AL.com, "See video of a turkey hunter calling up a bobcat," 30 Apr. 2018 Make contact with the rocks on the high bluff sides and then slow your retrieve. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Uneven weather makes for mixed results on the water | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018 Some anglers use a larger, lightly weighted swimbait to catch these guys, allowing it to flutter down through the surface action before starting the retrieve. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Find the bait, find the bass," 30 Aug. 2017 Too slow a retrieve gives the fish too much time to shake off. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Lake trout, rainbows and kokanee top the “to do” list of fishing activities around Lake Chelan," 19 May 2017 Too fast a retrieve allows the fish leverage to tear off the hooks. Mark Yuasa, The Seattle Times, "Lake trout, rainbows and kokanee top the “to do” list of fishing activities around Lake Chelan," 19 May 2017 Minnich said the best way to fish it for shallow-water reds is with a steady retrieve. Todd Masson, NOLA.com, "This trout lure even better for redfish, angler says," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of retrieve

Verb

1814, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for retrieve

Verb

Middle English retreven, from Anglo-French retrueve-, present stem of retrover to find again, from re- + trover to compose, invent, find, from Vulgar Latin *tropare — more at troubadour

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The first known use of retrieve was in 1658

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retrieve

verb

English Language Learners Definition of retrieve

: to get and bring (something) back from a place
: to find and get (information) from a computer or disk
: to find and bring birds or animals that have been shot back to a hunter

retrieve

verb
re·​trieve | \ ri-ˈtrēv \
retrieved; retrieving

Kids Definition of retrieve

1 : to get and bring back One of the players retrieved the ball.
2 : to find and bring back killed or wounded game The dog learned to retrieve birds.

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