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Noun, Verb (usu participle)


Verb retrieve has 4 senses


retrievev. t. [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.].
  •  To find again; to recover; to regain; to restore from loss or injury; as, to retrieve one's character; to retrieve independence.  [1913 Webster]
    "With late repentance now they would retrieve
    The bodies they forsook, and wish to live.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To recall; to bring back.  [1913 Webster]
    "To retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair, as a loss or damadge.  [1913 Webster]
    "Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall."  [1913 Webster]
    "There is much to be done . . . and much to be retrieved."  [1913 Webster]
Syn. -- To recover; regain; recruit; repair; restore.
retrievev. i. 
     To discover and bring in game that has been killed or wounded; as, a dog naturally inclined to retrieve.  Walsh.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A seeking again; a discovery.  B. Jonson.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The recovery of game once sprung; -- an old sporting term.  Nares.  [1913 Webster]


retrieve, v. & n.
1 a regain possession of. b recover by investigation or effort of memory.
2 a restore to knowledge or recall to mind. b obtain (information stored in a computer etc.).
3 (of a dog) find and bring in (killed or wounded game etc.).
4 (foll. by from) recover or rescue (esp. from a bad state).
5 restore to a flourishing state; revive.
6 repair or set right (a loss or error etc.) (managed to retrieve the situation).
--n. the possibility of recovery (beyond retrieve).

retrievable adj. retrieval n.
ME f. OF retroeve- stressed stem of retrover (as RE-, trover find)



bring, bring back, call for, chase after, cover, deliver, extract, extricate, fetch, fetch and carry, free, get, get back, go after, go and get, go fetch, go for, go get, go to get, liberate, make up, obtain, pay for, pick up, procure, ransom, reactivate, recapture, reclaim, recoup, recover, recruit, recuperate, recycle, redeem, regain, rekindle, release, renew, renovate, reoccupy, repay, replevin, replevy, repossess, rescue, restore, resume, resurrect, resuscitate, retake, return, revindicate, revitalize, revive, revivify, run after, salvage, save, secure, set free, shag, take back, win back




VB return to the original state, recover, rally, revive, come come to, come round, come to oneself, pull through, weather the storm, be oneself again, get well, get round, get the better of, get over, get about, rise from one's ashes, rise from the grave, survive, resume, reappear, come to, come to life again, live again, rise again, heal, skin over, cicatrize, right itself, restore, put back, place in statu quo, reinstate, replace, reseat, rehabilitate, reestablish, reestate, reinstall, reconstruct, rebuild, reorganize, reconstitute, reconvert, renew, renovate, regenerate, rejuvenate, redeem, reclaim, recover, retrieve, rescue, redress, recure, cure, heal, remedy, doctor, physic, medicate, break of, bring round, set on one's legs, resuscitate, revive, reanimate, revivify, recall to life, reproduce, warm up, reinvigorate, refresh, make whole, redintegrate, recoup, make good, make all square, rectify, correct, put right, put to rights, set right, set to rights, set straight, set up, put in order, refit, recruit, fill up, fill up the ranks, reinforce, repair, put in repair, remanufacture, put in thorough repair, put in complete repair, retouch, refashion, botch, vamp, tinker, cobble, do up, patch up, touch up, plaster up, vamp up, darn, finedraw, heelpiece, stop a gap, stanch, staunch, caulk, calk, careen, splice, bind up wounds.


VB deliver, extricate, rescue, save, emancipate, redeem, ransom, bring off, bring through, tirer d'affaire, get the wheel out of the rut, snatch from the jaws of death, come to the rescue, rid, retrieve, be rid of, get rid of.


VB acquire, get, gain, win, earn, obtain, procure, gather, collect, pick, pickup, glean, find, come upon, pitch upon, light upon, scrape up, scrape together, get in, reap and carry, net, bag, sack, bring home, secure, derive, draw, get in the harvest, profit, make profit, draw profit, turn a quick profit, turn to profit, turn to account, make capital out of, make money by, obtain a return, reap the fruits of, reap an advantage, gain an advantage, turn a penny, turn an honest penny, make the pot boil, bring grist to the mill, make money, coin money, raise money, raise funds, raise the wind, fill one's pocket, treasure up, realize, clear, produce, take, get back, recover, regain, retrieve, revendicate, replevy, redeem, come by one's own, come by, come in for, receive, inherit, step into a fortune, step into the shoes of, succeed to, get hold of, get between one's finger and thumb, get into one's hand, get at, take possession, come into possession, enter into possession, be profitable, pay, answer, accrue.

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