retrieve

verb
re·​trieve | \ ri-ˈtrēv How to pronounce retrieve (audio) \
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 How to pronounce retrievability (audio) \ noun
retrievable \ ri-​ˈtrē-​və-​bəl How to pronounce retrievable (audio) \ 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

As Laura Geggel reports for Live Science, the first of the dating techniques the researchers used measured uranium and thorium’s decay into helium to calculate the age of small zircon crystals retrieved from the site. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rock Art and Footprints Reveal How Ancient Humans Responded to Volcanic Eruption," 4 June 2019 Also being stored still is a pair of bloody gloves retrieved from the scene of the one confirmed San Francisco killing, the shooting of cab driver Paul Stine in October 1969. Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Zodiac murder case: Police taking another look at DNA evidence," 3 May 2018 Access codes cost $100 on average and are good for one semester, preventing students from reselling them and retrieving the material in other semesters. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "Battle over college course material is a textbook example of technological change," 14 Apr. 2018 Divers had become intrigued by a booming oil industry, and the allure of black gold replaced the desire to retrieve the tears of the mermaids. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "A Rare Natural Pearl That Once Belonged to a Spanish Princess Is For Sale," 14 May 2019 Brice retrieves it when he’s done and hands it to someone who’s been waiting since about 6:30 a.m. for his spot in line. Nyssa Kruse, courant.com, "CRT Volunteer George Brice Helps The Hungry, 'Rain Or Shine'," 12 July 2018 Officials begin formulating a plan to retrieve the team. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Thai Cave Rescue Mission: A Day-by-Day Timeline," 7 July 2018 The employee said his attempt to retrieve the cup led to a physical struggle, resulting in both falling to the ground. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Norridge and Harwood Heights police reports," 29 June 2018 Again, all of this can easily be mitigated by simply changing the notification settings for Signal or using full-disk encryption to make sure no one can gain access to your hard drive to retrieve the SQLite files without your password. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Signal’s “disappearing messages” live on in macOS notifications," 9 May 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 How to pronounce retrieve (audio) \
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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