I. verb (retrieved; retrieving) Etymology: Middle English retreven, from Anglo-French retrueve-, present stem of retrover to find again, from re- + trover to compose, invent, find, from Vulgar Latin *tropare — more at troubadour Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to locate and bring in (killed or wounded game) 2. to call to mind again 3. to get back again ; regain 4. a. rescue, salvage b. to return (as a ball or shuttlecock that is difficult to reach) successfully 5. restore, revive <
his writing retrieves the past
6. to remedy the evil consequences of ; correct 7. to get and bring back; especially to recover (as information) from storage intransitive verb to bring in game <
a dog that retrieves well
; also to bring back an object thrown by a person • retrievability nounretrievable adjective II. noun Date: 1697 1. retrieval 2. the successful return of a ball that is difficult to reach or control (as in tennis)

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • retrieve — *recover, regain, recoup, recruit Analogous words: amend, remedy, redress, reform (see CORRECT vb): repair, *mend, rebuild Antonyms: lose …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • retrieve — is spelt ie , not ei …   Modern English usage

  • retrieve — [v] get back bring back, fetch, reacquire, recall, recapture, reclaim, recoup, recover, recruit, redeem, regain, repair, repossess, rescue, restore, salvage, save, win back; concepts 120,131 Ant. give, offer, relinquish …   New thesaurus

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