- to recover or regain: to retrieve the stray ball.
- to bring back to a former and better state; restore: to retrieve one's fortunes.
- to make amends for: to retrieve an error.
- to make good; repair: to retrieve a loss.
- Hunting. (of hunting dogs) to fetch (killed or wounded game).
- to draw back or reel in (a fishing line).
- to rescue; save.
- (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to make an in-bounds return of (a shot requiring running with the hand extended).
- Computers. to locate and read (data) from storage, as for display on a monitor.
- Hunting. to retrieve game.
- to retrieve a fishing line.
- an act of retrieving; recovery.
- the possibility of recovery.
Origin of retrieve
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Examples from the Web for retrievable
There should be a retrievable record of exactly when the Airbus disappeared from radar.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Exact clinic locations in this map have been obscured to be neither visible nor retrievable.Interactive: The Geography of Abortion Access
Michael Keller, Allison Yarrow
January 22, 2013
If they had been retrievable by any Writings, I may justly say, they had been retrieved by mine.
As long as reputation was not gone, he thought your errors were retrievable.Jane Talbot
Charles Brockden Brown
I would retrieve my fault, in so far as it was retrievable, and save Brandon, who was worth them all put together.When Knighthood Was in Flower
- to get or fetch back again; recoverhe retrieved his papers from various people's drawers
- to bring back to a more satisfactory state; revive
- to extricate from trouble or danger; rescue or save
- to recover or make newly available (stored information) from a computer system
- (also intr) (of a dog) to find and fetch (shot game)
- tennis squash badminton to return successfully (a shot difficult to reach)
- to recall; remember
- the act of retrieving
- the chance of being retrieved
Word Origin and History for retrievable
early 15c., retreve, originally in reference to dogs finding lost game, from Middle French retruev-, stem of Old French retreuver (Modern French retrouver) "find again, recover, meet again, recognize," from re- "again" (see re-) + trouver "to find," probably from Vulgar Latin *tropare "to compose" (see trove). Altered 16c. to retrive; modern form is from mid-17c.