[ ri-treev ]
/ rɪˈtriv /
verb (used with object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.
Hunting. to retrieve game.
to retrieve a fishing line.
an act of retrieving; recovery.
the possibility of recovery.
Origin of retrieve
SYNONYMS FOR retrieve
1 See recover.
re·triev·a·ble, adjectivere·triev·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·re·triev·a·ble, adjectiveun·re·triev·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for retrievability
/ (rɪˈtriːv) /
verb (mainly tr)
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
Derived Formsretrievable, adjectiveretrievability, nounretrievably, adverb
Word Origin for retrieve
C15: from Old French retrover, from re- + trouver to find, perhaps from Vulgar Latin tropāre (unattested) to compose; see trover, troubadour
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