Retrieve Definition

retrieved, retrieves, retrieving
retrieved, retrieves, retrieving
To get back into one's grasp, possession, or control, especially from a known place or a place of storage.
Retrieved his coat from the closet.
American Heritage
To retrieve game.
Webster's New World
To restore; revive.
To retrieve one's spirits.
Webster's New World
To get back; recover.
Webster's New World
To go to and bring or escort back (someone).
Retrieved his friend from the bus station.
American Heritage
Any retrieval.
Webster's New World
A retrieving of the ball in tennis, etc.
Webster's New World
A difficult but successful return of a ball or shuttlecock.
American Heritage

Origin of Retrieve

  • Recorded in Middle English c.1410 as retreve (altered to retrive in the 16th century; modern form is from c.1650), from Middle French retruev-, stem of Old French (=modern) retrouver "to find again", itself from re- "again" + trouver "to find" (probably from Vulgar Latin *tropare (“to compose"))

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English retreven from Old French retrover retruev- re- re- trover to find trover

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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