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retrieve

verb re·trieve \ ri-ˈtrēv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of retrieve

retrieved; retrieving
transitive verb
1 :to locate and bring in (killed or wounded game)
2 :to call to mind again
3 :to get back again :regain
4 a :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

retrievability

play \ri-ˌtrē-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

retrievable

play \ri-ˈtrē-və-bəl\ adjective

Examples of retrieve in a Sentence

  1. Many archaeological relics were retrieved from the site.

  2. Police retrieved his stolen car.

  3. You can quickly retrieve data.

  4. The files were retrieved from the computer.

  5. He was able to retrieve the document.

  6. The dog is learning how to retrieve.

  7. The dog has been trained to retrieve birds.

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Origin and Etymology of retrieve

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

retrieve Synonyms


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retrieve

noun

Definition of retrieve

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

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First Known Use of retrieve

1658


RETRIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

retrieve

verb

Definition of retrieve for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

retrieve

verb re·trieve \ ri-ˈtrēv \

Definition of retrieve for Students

retrieved; retrieving
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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