verb (used with object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.
verb (used without object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.
Origin of retrieve
British Dictionary definitions for retrievability
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for retrieve
Word Origin and History for retrievability
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.