• IPA: /ɹɪˈtɹiv/, /ɹəˈtɹiv/, /ɹiˈtɹiv/

retrieve (retrieves, present participle retrieving; past and past participle retrieved)

  1. (transitive) To regain or get back something.
    to retrieve one's character or independence; to retrieve a thrown ball
    • With late repentance now they would retrieve / The bodies they forsook, and wish to live.
  2. (transitive) To rescue (a creature).
  3. (transitive) To salvage something
  4. (transitive) To remedy or rectify something.
  5. (transitive) To remember or recall something.
  6. (transitive, especially, computing) To fetch or carry back something.
    • to retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits
  7. (transitive) To fetch and bring in game.
    The cook doesn't care what's shot, only what's actually retrieved.
  8. (intransitive) To fetch and bring in game systematically.
    Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving.
  9. (intransitive) To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
    Most dogs love retrieving, regardless of what object is thrown.
  10. (sports, transitive) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
  11. (obsolete) To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair (a loss or damage).
    • Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall.
    • There is much to be done […] and much to be retrieved.
Related terms Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • German: erinnern, sich erinnern
  • Russian: вспомина́ть
Translations Translations
  • German: apportieren
  • Italian: rintracciare e recuperare
  • Russian: приноси́ть
Translations Translations Noun

retrieve (plural retrieves)

  1. A retrieval
  2. (sports) The return of a difficult ball
  3. (obsolete) A seeking again; a discovery.
  4. (obsolete) The recovery of game once sprung.

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