Retrieve Re*trieve", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retrieved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Retrieving}.] [OE. retreven, OF. retrover to find again, recover (il retroevee finds again), F. retrouver; pref. re- re- + OF. trover to find, F. trouver. See {Trover}.] 1. To find again; to recover; to regain; to restore from loss or injury; as, to retrieve one's character; to retrieve independence. [1913 Webster]

With late repentance now they would retrieve The bodies they forsook, and wish to live. --Dryden [1913 Webster]

2. To recall; to bring back. [1913 Webster]

To retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits. --Berkeley. [1913 Webster]

3. To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair, as a loss or damadge. [1913 Webster]

Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

There is much to be done . . . and much to be retrieved. --Burke. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To recover; regain; recruit; repair; restore. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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