An example of retrieve is for a dog to bring a bone back to his owner after the owner threw the bone into the air.
An example of retrieve is to recover lost files on a computer.
A dog trained to retrieve.
An example of retrieve is a tennis move that Serena Williams is capable of making.
Did whatever he could to retrieve his honor.
To retrieve one's spirits.
To retrieve one's character or independence; to retrieve a thrown ball.
Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving.
There is much to be done [...] and much to be retrieved.
Origin of retrieve
- Middle English retreven from Old French retrover retruev- re- re- trover to find trover
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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"))