[ ri-tree-vuh l ]
/ rɪˈtri vəl /


the act of retrieving.
the chance of recovery or restoration: lost beyond retrieval.


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Origin of retrieval

First recorded in 1635–45; retrieve + -al2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for retrieval

/ (rɪˈtriːvəl) /


the act or process of retrieving
the possibility of recovery, restoration, or rectification (esp in the phrase beyond retrieval)
a computer filing operation that recalls records or other data from a file
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Medical definitions for retrieval

[ rĭ-trēvəl ]


The third stage in the memory process, after encoding and storage, involving mental processes associated with bringing stored information back into consciousness.
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