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retrieve

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verb re·trieve \ri-ˈtrēv\

Definition of retrieve

retrieved

retrieving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to locate and bring in (killed or wounded game)

  3. 2 :  to call to mind again

  4. 3 :  to get back again :  regain

  5. 4 a :  rescue, salvage b :  to return (as a ball or shuttlecock that is difficult to reach) successfully

  6. 5 :  restore, revive <his writing retrieves the past>

  7. 6 :  to remedy the evil consequences of :  correct

  8. 7 :  to get and bring back; especially :  to recover (as information) from storage

  9. intransitive verb
  10. :  to bring in game <a dog that retrieves well>; also :  to bring back an object thrown by a person

retrievability

play \-ˌtrē-və-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

retrievable

play \-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.

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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retrieve

noun re·trieve

Definition of retrieve

  1. 1 :  retrieval

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

1697

First Known Use of retrieve

1697


RETRIEVE Defined for English Language Learners

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retrieve

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verb re·trieve \ri-ˈtrēv\

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

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verb re·trieve \ri-ˈtrēv\

Definition of retrieve for Students

retrieved

retrieving

  1. 1 :  to get and bring back <One of the players retrieved the ball.>

  2. 2 :  to find and bring back killed or wounded game <The dog learned to retrieve birds.>



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