Retrieve meaning

rĭ-trēv
Retrieve is defined as to find and bring or to bring back or restore, whether physically or mentally.

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.

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To find and bring back game or a thrown object.

A dog trained to retrieve.

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The definition of a retrieve is a return of a ball that is difficult to get to in tennis.

An example of retrieve is a tennis move that Serena Williams is capable of making.

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To restore to a former or desirable condition.

Did whatever he could to retrieve his honor.

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To fetch or carry back something.
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To recall to mind (a memory, for example); remember.
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The act of retrieving; retrieval.
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A difficult but successful return of a ball or shuttlecock.
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To get back; recover.
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To restore; revive.

To retrieve one's spirits.

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To rescue or save.
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To set right or repair (a loss, error, etc.); make good.
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To recall to mind.
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To gain access to (data) that is on a floppy disk, hard drive, etc.
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To find and bring back (killed or wounded small game)
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To return (a ball that is hard to reach)
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To retrieve game.
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Any retrieval.
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A retrieving of the ball in tennis, etc.
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To call up data that has been stored in a computer system. When a user queries a database, the data are retrieved into the computer first and then transmitted to the screen.
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To regain or get back something.

To retrieve one's character or independence; to retrieve a thrown ball.

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To rescue (a) creature(s)
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To salvage something.
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To remedy or rectify something.
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To remember or recall something.
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To fetch and bring in game.

The cook doesn't care what's shot, only what's actually retrieved.

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(intransitive) To fetch and bring in game systematically.

Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving.

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(intransitive) To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.

Most dogs love retrieving, regardless of what object is thrown.

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(sports) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
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Burke.

There is much to be done [...] and much to be retrieved.

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(sports) The return of a difficult ball.
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To rectify the unfavorable consequences of; remedy.
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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"))

    From Wiktionary