- 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 retrieved
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I may be missing some time and there are memories that will never be retrieved.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
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She retrieved a cigarette from her purse and lit it without moving her face away from the screen.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal
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As the family hunted for anything personal that could be retrieved, they were startled when the phone began to ring.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive
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The police officer passed by, asked her what was wrong and retrieved the money.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
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"You mean old King Solomon was," he retrieved himself quickly.Dust
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He retrieved his wire and then looked at the horse kicking on the ground.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
Sorko scrambling to his feet, shuffling to the table, where he retrieved his bowl.In the Orbit of Saturn
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One rolled off the table and was retrieved by the maid from some distant corner.The Stark Munro Letters
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Jethro was examining the sticks which, as well as the ducks, had been retrieved by the cats.The Cat of Bubastes
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- 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 retrieved
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.