Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: retrover 'to find again', from trover 'to find'


re‧trieve [transitive]
1 formal to find something and bring it back [↪ recover]:
She bent down to retrieve her earring.
retrieve something from something
It took four days to retrieve all the bodies from the crash.
2TD technicalTD to get back information that has been stored in the memory of a computer:
The new version of the software automatically retrieves digital information.

retrieve a situation

British English to make a situation satisfactory again after there has been a serious mistake or problem:
The general made one last desperate effort to retrieve the situation.
retrievable adjective

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