retrieve

retrieve re‧trieve [rɪˈtriːv] verb [transitive]
1. COMPUTING to get back information that has been stored in a computer:

• The application stores and retrieves data according to the user's requirements.

• To retrieve a file, double click on it using the mouse.

2. if a company retrieves money, costs, or losses, it succeeds in obtaining an amount of money equal to the amount it spent or lost; = RECOUP:

• The bank will have trouble retrieving anything like the value of its loans.

— retrieval noun [uncountable] :

• efficient information retrieval

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retrieve UK US /rɪˈtriːv/ verb [T]
IT to get stored information from a computer: retrieve data/information »

I finally managed to retrieve the deleted data.

retrieve a record/image/file, etc. »

The search is designed to retrieve all the records WorldCat has for a particular book.

retrieve sth from sth »

The product helps retrieve accidentally deleted image files from virtually any kind of removable media for digital cameras.

to get something back that has been lost, taken, or left somewhere: »

The company has taken legal action to retrieve the stolen cash.

retrieve sth from sb/sth »

He retrieved the documents from his colleague's desk.


Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retrieve — [ri trēv′] vt. retrieved, retrieving [ME retreven < inflected stem of OFr retrouver < re , again + trouver, to find: see TROVER] 1. to get back; recover 2. to restore; revive [to retrieve one s spirits] 3. to rescue or save 4 …   English World dictionary

  • Retrieve — Re*trieve , v. i. (Sport.) To discover and bring in game that has been killed or wounded; as, a dog naturally inclined to retrieve. Walsh. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Retrieve — Re*trieve , n. 1. A seeking again; a discovery. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. The recovery of game once sprung; an old sporting term. [Obs.] Nares. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • retrieve — index collect (recover money), reap, reclaim, recoup (regain), recover, redeem (repurchase), remedy …   Law dictionary

  • Retrieve —   [engl.], abrufen …   Universal-Lexikon

  • retrieve — (v.) early 15c., retreve, from M.Fr. retruev , stem of O.Fr. retrouver find again, from re again (see RE (Cf. re )) + trouver to find, probably from V.L. *tropare to compose (see TROVE (Cf. trove)). Altered 16c …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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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