- 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 retrieve
The cop reholsters his gun, and it seems to have ended with no further bloodshed as he moves to retrieve the knife.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
When gunshots burst out, she ran to retrieve her child from school and returned to her house just as a bomb hit next door.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
After weeks of training, the first mission set out to retrieve Kent Brantly, an American doctor.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
He put it down his shirt and asked her to retrieve it, saying she was “all talk” and “no play” when she refused.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
Rising to retrieve it, I offer her what meager reassurance I can muster.The Stacks: Grateful Dead I Have Known
August 30, 2014
His hat floated off and he grudged the slight effort to retrieve it.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
Even then it was not too late for Baseek to retrieve the situation.White Fang
He was in want of a youth whom he could trust, and who would help him to retrieve his affairs.The Fortune of the Rougons
Go back to them now and retrieve what you have lost, and see that in the future you are worthier.Love-at-Arms
And with that slender capital he intended that night to retrieve his lost fortune.The White Lie
William Le Queux
- 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 retrieve
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.