Definitions for retrieverɪˈtriv

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word retrieve

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•trieverɪˈtriv(v.; n.)-trieved, -triev•ing

  1. (v.t.)to recover or regain.

  2. to bring back to a former and better state; restore.

  3. to make amends for; make good; repair:

    to retrieve an error.

  4. to recall to mind.

  5. (of hunting dogs) to fetch (killed or wounded game).

    Category: Sport

  6. to rescue; save.

  7. (in tennis, handball, etc.) to make an in-bounds return of (a difficult shot).

    Category: Sport

  8. to locate and read (data) from computer storage, as for display on a monitor.

    Category: Computers

  9. (v.i.)to retrieve game.

    Category: Sport

  10. (n.)an act of retrieving; recovery.

  11. the possibility of recovery.

Origin of retrieve:

1375–1425; late ME retreven < MF retroev-, retreuv-, tonic s. of retrouver to find again =re-re - +trouver to find; see trover


Princeton's WordNet

  1. recover, retrieve, find, regain(verb)

    get or find back; recover the use of

    "She regained control of herself"; "She found her voice and replied quickly"

  2. retrieve(verb)

    go for and bring back

    "retrieve the car from the parking garage"

  3. retrieve(verb)

    run after, pick up, and bring to the master

    "train the dog to retrieve"

  4. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, think(verb)

    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

    "I can't remember saying any such thing"; "I can't think what her last name was"; "can you remember her phone number?"; "Do you remember that he once loved you?"; "call up memories"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. retrieve(verb)ɪˈtriv

    to bring back

    Throw the ball and the dog will retrieve it.

  2. retrieveɪˈtriv

    to find information using a computer

    The program retrieves lost files.; the retrieval of bodies from the wreckage; information retrieval


  1. retrieve(Noun)

    A retrieval

  2. retrieve(Noun)

    The return of a difficult ball

  3. retrieve(Verb)

    To regain or get back something.

  4. retrieve(Verb)

    To rescue (a) creature(s)

  5. retrieve(Verb)

    To salvage something

  6. retrieve(Verb)

    To remedy or rectify something.

  7. retrieve(Verb)

    To remember or recall something.

  8. retrieve(Verb)

    To fetch or carry back something.

  9. retrieve(Verb)

    To fetch and bring in game.

    The cook cares not what's shot, only what's actually retrieved

  10. retrieve(Verb)

    To fetch and bring in game systematically.

    Hound breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving

  11. retrieve(Verb)

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

    Most dogs love retrieving, never mind the (improvised) toy

  12. retrieve(Verb)

    To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.

  13. Origin: Recorded in c.1410 as retreve (altered to retrive in the 16th century; modern form is from c.1650), from retruev-, stem of (=modern) retrouver "to find again", itself from re- "again" + trouver "to find" (probably from Vulgar *)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrieve(verb)

    to find again; to recover; to regain; to restore from loss or injury; as, to retrieve one's character; to retrieve independence

  2. Retrieve(verb)

    to recall; to bring back

  3. Retrieve(verb)

    to remedy the evil consequence of, to repair, as a loss or damadge

  4. Retrieve(verb)

    to discover and bring in game that has been killed or wounded; as, a dog naturally inclined to retrieve

  5. Retrieve(noun)

    a seeking again; a discovery

  6. Retrieve(noun)

    the recovery of game once sprung; -- an old sporting term

Translations for retrieve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to get back (something which was lost etc)

My hat blew away, but I managed to retrieve it; Our team retrieved its lead in the second half.

Get even more translations for retrieve »


Find a translation for the retrieve definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these retrieve definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"retrieve." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 20 Dec. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for retrieve?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for retrieve: