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Princeton's WordNet

  1. recover, retrieve, find, regainverb

    get or find back; recover the use of

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

  2. retrieveverb

    go for and bring back

    "retrieve the car from the parking garage"

  3. retrieveverb

    run after, pick up, and bring to the master

    "train the dog to retrieve"

  4. remember, retrieve, recall, call back, call up, recollect, thinkverb

    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"


  1. retrievenoun

    A retrieval

  2. retrievenoun

    The return of a difficult ball

  3. retrieveverb

    To regain or get back something.

  4. retrieveverb

    To rescue (a) creature(s)

  5. retrieveverb

    To salvage something

  6. retrieveverb

    To remedy or rectify something.

  7. retrieveverb

    To remember or recall something.

  8. retrieveverb

    To fetch or carry back something.

  9. retrieveverb

    To fetch and bring in game.

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

  10. retrieveverb

    To fetch and bring in game systematically.

    Hound breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving

  11. retrieveverb

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

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

  12. retrieveverb

    To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.

  13. Etymology: 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 *)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To RETRIEVEverb

    Etymology: retrouver, Fr.

    By this conduct we may retrieve the publick credit of religion, reform the example of the age, and lessen the danger we complain of. John Rogers, Sermons.

    O reason! once again to thee I call;
    Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall. Matthew Prior.

    With late repentance now they would retrieve
    The bodies they forsook, and wish to live. Dryden.

    Philomela’s liberty retriev’d,
    Cheers her sad soul. Philips.

    If one, like the old Latin poets, came among them, it would be a means to retrieve them from their cold trivial conceits, to an imitation of their predecessors. George Berkeley, to Pope.


  1. retrieve

    To retrieve is to obtain or bring back something that has been stored, lost, or in a particular place. It can also refer to accessing or recovering information from a database or memory storage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retrieveverb

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

  2. Retrieveverb

    to recall; to bring back

  3. Retrieveverb

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

  4. Retrieveverb

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

  5. Retrievenoun

    a seeking again; a discovery

  6. Retrievenoun

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retrieve

    rē-trēv′, v.t. to recover: to recall or bring back: to bring back to a former state: to repair: to search for and fetch, as a dog does game—also n. (obs.).—adj. Retriev′able, that may be recovered.—n. Retriev′ableness, the state of being retrievable.—adv. Retriev′ably.—ns. Retriev′al; Retrieve′ment; Retriev′er, a dog trained to find and fetch game that has been shot. [O. Fr. retreuver (Fr. retrouver)—re-, again, trouver, to find—Low L. tropare—L. tropus, a song—Gr. tropos, a trope.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrieve in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retrieve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of retrieve in a Sentence

  1. Ernesto Flores:

    There are still 30 bodies to retrieve. It´s complicated because it´s at the bottom of the river.

  2. Lakshheish M Patel:

    No trader or retail investor can make money through stock market and if made a few thousands, everything has to be returned back via taxes or its goons will come to pull the trader up from his house and implicate him in all false cases to retrieve millions of money

  3. George Filenko:

    This video in particular is on a particular type of hard drive that they have the technology to retrieve it off of.

  4. George Filenko:

    Homeland Security has got advanced equipment, this video in particular is on a particular type of hard drive that they have the technology to retrieve it off of.

  5. David Kennedy:

    When you move that over to a public email address or a personal account, you lose all of that backup capability, so there's no way to actually go back and retrieve it.

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  • zurückholenGerman
  • διορθώνω, επανορθώνω, παίρνω, πίσωGreek
  • recuperarSpanish
  • pelastus, noutaa, palauttaa mieleensä, muistaa, [[hankkia]] [[takaisin]], [[saada]] [[takaisin]], korjata, palautus, pelastaaFinnish
  • récupérer, retrouverFrench
  • վերհիշել, հետ բերել, փրկել, վերականգնել, վերադարձնելArmenian
  • mendapatkan kembaliIndonesian
  • riottenere, raccattare, rintracciare e riportare, riportare, rintracciare e recuperare, rimediare, recuperare, riguadagnare, rintracciareItalian
  • להחזירHebrew
  • rechtzetten, terugbrengen, bergen, apporteren, herstellen, redden, redding, opduikelen, terugkrijgenDutch
  • uratować, przynosić, przypominać, ratować, odzyskać, przypomnieć, zaradzić, odzyskiwać, naprawić, przynieść, naprawiaćPolish
  • recuperar, remediar, resgatarPortuguese
  • исправля́ть, отыска́ть, спасти́, вспомина́ть, испра́вить, возвраща́ть, приноси́ть, вспо́мнить, оты́скивать, верну́ть, спаса́ть, принести́Russian
  • prinestiSlovene
  • minnasSwedish
  • geri almakTurkish
  • بازیافتUrdu
  • 取回Chinese

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