Recorded in Middle English c.1410 as retreve (altered to retrive in the 16th century; modern form is from c.1650), from Middle French retruev-, stem of Old French (=modern) retrouver "to find again", itself from re- "again" + trouver "to find" (probably from Vulgar Latin *tropare (“to compose”))
- Rhymes: -iːv
- (transitive) To regain or get back something.
- (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.
- (transitive) To fetch and bring in game.
- The cook cares not what's shot, only what's actually retrieved
- (intransitive) To fetch and bring in game systematically.
- Hound breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving
- (intransitive) To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
- Most dogs love retrieving, never mind the (improvised) toy
- (sports, transitive) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
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retrieve (plural retrieves)
- A retrieval
- (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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Nares to this entry?)