retrieve

[ri-treev]
verb (used with object), retrieved, retrieving.
1.
to recover or regain: to retrieve the stray ball.
2.
to bring back to a former and better state; restore: to retrieve one's fortunes.
3.
to make amends for: to retrieve an error.
4.
to make good; repair: to retrieve a loss.
5.
Hunting. (of hunting dogs) to fetch (killed or wounded game).
6.
to draw back or reel in (a fishing line).
7.
to rescue; save.
8.
(in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to make an in-bounds return of (a shot requiring running with the hand extended).
9.
Computers. to locate and read (data) from storage, as for display on a monitor.
verb (used without object), retrieved, retrieving.
10.
Hunting. to retrieve game.
11.
to retrieve a fishing line.
noun
12.
an act of retrieving; recovery.
13.
the possibility of recovery.

Origin:
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

retrievable, adjective
retrievability, noun
nonretrievable, adjective
unretrievable, adjective
unretrieved, adjective


1. See recover.
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retrieve (rɪˈtriːv)
 
vb
1.  to get or fetch back again; recover: he retrieved his papers from various people's drawers
2.  to bring back to a more satisfactory state; revive
3.  to extricate from trouble or danger; rescue or save
4.  to recover or make newly available (stored information) from a computer system
5.  (also intr) (of a dog) to find and fetch (shot game)
6.  tennis, squash, badminton to return successfully (a shot difficult to reach)
7.  to recall; remember
 
n
8.  the act of retrieving
9.  the chance of being retrieved
 
[C15: from Old French retrover, from re- + trouver to find, perhaps from Vulgar Latin tropāre (unattested) to compose; see trover, troubadour]
 
re'trievable
 
adj
 
retrieva'bility
 
n
 
re'trievably
 
adv

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retrieve
c.1410, retreve, from M.Fr. retruev-, stem of O.Fr. retrouver "find again," from re- "again" + trouver "to find," probably from V.L. *tropare "to compose" (see trove). Altered 16c. to retrive; modern form is from c.1650. Retriever "dog used for retrieving game" first recorded 1486.
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Retrieve definition

language
A query language inspired JPLDIS which led to Vulcan and then to dBASE II, developed by Tymshare Corp in the 1960s.
(1998-04-29)
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Example sentences
If you're not logged in, private messages stay in your message box until you
  log in and retrieve them.
The device was developed to help astronauts repair or retrieve orbiting
  satellites.
The earliest versions were probably twigs used to retrieve food from cooking
  pots.
Four years later, the emperor sent three alchemists to retrieve the herbs.
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