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verb retrieve pronunciation in American English /rɪˈtriv/
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. 2
    [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.

  3. 3
    [transitive] computing to find information that is stored in a computer in order to use it again
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if a dog retrieves something, it finds it and brings it back to you, for example a ball that you have thrown or a bird that you have shot

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