English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
c.1410 as Middle English retreve (altered to retrive in the 16th century; modern form is from c.1650), from retruev-, stem of Middle French (=modern) Old French retrouver "to find again", itself from re- "again" + trouver "to find" (probably from Vulgar * Latin tropare ( “ to compose ”))
Pronunciation [ edit ]
retrieve ( third-person singular simple present , retrieves present participle , retrieving simple past and past participle ) retrieved
( transitive ) To regain or get back something.
to retrieve one's character or independence; to retrieve a thrown ball
With late repentance now they would
retrieve / The bodies they forsook, and wish to live.
( transitive ) To rescue (a) creature(s)
( transitive ) To salvage something
( transitive ) To remedy or rectify something.
( transitive ) To remember or recall something.
( transitive ) To fetch or carry back something.
retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits
( transitive ) To fetch and bring in game.
The cook doesn't care what's shot, only what's actually retrieved.
( intransitive ) To fetch and bring in game systematically.
Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving.
( intransitive ) To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
Most dogs love retrieving, regardless of what object is thrown.
( sports , transitive ) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
( obsolete ) To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair (a loss or damage).
Accept my sorrow, and
retrieve my fall. Burke
There is much to be done
[… ] and much to be retrieved.
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Translations [ edit ]
to regain or get back something
to remedy or rectify something
to remember or recall something
to fetch or carry back something
to fetch and bring in game
to fetch and bring in game systematically
to fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game
to make a difficult ball return
to remedy the evil consequence of, to repair a loss or damage
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retrieve ( plural ) retrieves
( sports ) The return of a difficult ball
( obsolete ) A seeking again; a discovery.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
( obsolete ) The recovery of game once sprung.
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Translations [ edit ]
return of a difficult ball