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
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)

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 Nadia showed me two items of Samya’s that had been retrieved from the site: her passport and a journal, both drenched in jet fuel. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, "“I Will Never Let Boeing Forget Her”," 11 Nov. 2019 After decades of investigation, the artwork was finally retrieved and reinstated in the summer of 2018. Danielle Page, National Geographic, "Why is this Bronze Age town so popular today?," 4 Nov. 2019 Guerra was able to retrieve 25 trackers from Anacapa birds and 26 from those on Santa Barbara. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out but their diet may be changing their pristine island homes," 3 Nov. 2019 When the toys were counted, however, the infants seemed to understand that there were more to be found, continuing to search after two had been retrieved. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Babies May Understand Counting Before They Fully Understand Numbers," 30 Oct. 2019 Guerra was able to retrieve 25 trackers from Anacapa birds and 26 from those on Santa Barbara. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "Sea gulls love In-N-Out. But their diet may be changing their Channel Islands home," 22 Oct. 2019 Additionally, fire crews who remained at the scene Sunday night were able to retrieve some baby supplies for a family that was unable to get into their unit. Doug Phillips, sun-sentinel.com, "Blaze displaces 3 people, woman rescued from smoke-filled apartment, fire officials say," 30 Sep. 2019 Markielau made it to shore and was able to retrieve his wife’s body downstream. Eva Holland, Outside Online, "Another 'Into the Wild' Pilgrimage Has Ended in Death," 29 July 2019 Rescuers were able to easily retrieve four of the ducklings, but the rest of the group had retreated deeper into the underground pipe. Michelle Lou, CNN, "The ducklings were trapped in a storm drain. Firefighters turned to YouTube for help.," 21 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This one, however, yielded to Barrett's steady retrieve and, after 8 minutes, was in the net. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan charter outing provides fresh fish and perspectives," 15 June 2019 Letting the rig sink to the lake bottom and using a slow retrieve has been the key. D'arcy Egan, cleveland.com, "If you aren’t catching walleye on Lake Erie, you aren’t trying: June 14 Fishing Report," 14 June 2019 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

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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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17 Nov 2019

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The first known use of retrieve was in 1658

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retrieve

verb
How to pronounce retrieve (audio)

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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