What does retrieve mean?

Definitions for retrieve

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word retrieve.

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"


  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

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.]

How to pronounce retrieve?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say retrieve in sign language?

  1. retrieve


  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. 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.

  2. William Barr:

    People who have lost the ability to speak can’t retrieve words or maintain a rhythm in their speech.

  3. Ernesto Flores:

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

  4. George Filenko:

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

  5. Abu Osama:

    There are some families that have been buried under the rubble and no one is able to retrieve their bodies, the regime is just burning and destroying ... and then trying to advance on several fronts.

Images & Illustrations of retrieve

  1. retrieveretrieveretrieveretrieveretrieve

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for retrieve

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • zurückholenGerman
  • επανορθώνω, διορθώνω, παίρνω, πίσωGreek
  • recuperarSpanish
  • pelastaa, muistaa, noutaa, [[saada]] [[takaisin]], korjata, palauttaa mieleensä, [[hankkia]] [[takaisin]], pelastus, palautusFinnish
  • récupérer, retrouverFrench
  • վերհիշել, վերականգնել, վերադարձնել, հետ բերել, փրկելArmenian
  • mendapatkan kembaliIndonesian
  • rintracciare e recuperare, recuperare, riguadagnare, rintracciare, rimediare, riottenere, raccattare, rintracciare e riportare, riportareItalian
  • להחזירHebrew
  • terugbrengen, opduikelen, terugkrijgen, rechtzetten, redding, redden, herstellen, apporteren, bergenDutch
  • uratować, naprawić, przynieść, odzyskiwać, ratować, naprawiać, odzyskać, przypomnieć, zaradzić, przypominać, przynosićPolish
  • recuperar, resgatar, remediarPortuguese
  • принести́, исправля́ть, верну́ть, приноси́ть, спасти́, испра́вить, возвраща́ть, спаса́ть, вспомина́ть, отыска́ть, вспо́мнить, оты́скиватьRussian
  • prinestiSlovene
  • minnasSwedish
  • geri almakTurkish
  • 取回Chinese

Get even more translations for retrieve »


Find a translation for the retrieve definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these retrieve definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


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


"retrieve." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 9 Apr. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/retrieve>.

Are we missing a good definition for retrieve? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for retrieve:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.