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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Example sentences
Jay then reached into his own jacket and retrieved the cash, theater tickets
  and photo.
All meeting minutes are taken this way, and they can be retrieved by anyone
  after several weeks or months.
Several of them leaped into the concrete and retrieved the scrap.
Alternatively, some clots can be physically retrieved through a blood vessel,
  but few hospitals practice this technique.
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