- 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 retrieving
There was no sign of Ferrier, and Hogue gave up the idea of retrieving her as well.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
Many in the audience nodded in approval, and then Bergdahl talked about the work of retrieving his son.Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid
June 6, 2014
Retrieving him at least reminds soldiers that we will never abandon them to their fates, right or wrong.We Lost Soldiers in the Hunt for Bergdahl, a Guy Who Walked Off in the Dead of Night
Nathan Bradley Bethea
June 2, 2014
The hacker code that pulled and published millions was retrieving numbers at a rate of 1,500 each minute.Meet Graham Smith, SnapChat’s 16-Year-Old Nemesis
January 29, 2014
She said in documents that he had kicked her out of the home then prevented her at gunpoint from retrieving her young child.The Militiaman Next Door
Mary M. Chapman
April 2, 2010
He started down the trail, hastily, after retrieving his gun.The Forbidden Trail
You mustn't take away my last chance of retrieving the season.The Story of a Play
W. D. Howells
Then in the faint hope of yet retrieving his blunder he inquired, "How long will he be here?"A First Family of Tasajara
His retrieving of game was equal to any of the retrieving I ever saw in any other dogs.Anecdotes of Dogs
His quickness in retrieving a false position, outwardly, came to his aid.Sandra Belloni, Complete
- 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 retrieving
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.