|Origin:||retrover 'to find again', from trover 'to find'|
Related topics: Computers
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.
to get back information that has been stored in the memory of a computer:
The new version of the software automatically retrieves digital information.
3 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.