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verb retrieve pronunciation in British English /rɪˈtriːv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleretrieving
past tenseretrieved
past participleretrieved
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to get something back, especially something that is not easy to find
    She stooped to retrieve the key from the ground.
    rescue efforts to retrieve the bodies of the victims
  2. 3
    [transitive] to save or protect something that is going to be lost, damaged, or destroyed
    The family retrieved only a few personal items from the burning home.
    1. a.
      to improve a situation or relationship that has been damaged
      UN officials are trying desperately to retrieve the situation.

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