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.

Nearby words

  1. retribution,
  2. retributive,
  3. retributivism,
  4. retrievable,
  5. retrieval,
  6. retriever,
  7. retro,
  8. retro-,
  9. retro-operative,
  10. retroact

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

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British Dictionary definitions for retrieve

retrieve

/ (rɪˈtriːv) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

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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Word Origin and History for retrieve

retrieve

v.

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.

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