retrieve

[ ri-treev ]
/ rɪˈtriv /

verb (used with object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.

verb (used without object), re·trieved, re·triev·ing.

Hunting. to retrieve game.
to retrieve a fishing line.

noun

an act of retrieving; recovery.
the possibility of recovery.

Origin of retrieve

1375–1425; late Middle English retreven < Middle French retroev-, retreuv-, tonic stem of retrouver to find again, equivalent to re- re- + trouver to find; see trover

SYNONYMS FOR retrieve

1 See recover.

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retrieve

/ (rɪˈtriːv) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

the act of retrieving
the chance of being retrieved

Derived Forms

retrievable, 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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