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  1. re·trieve
    IPA[rəˈtrēv]
  2. verb

    • 1. get or bring (something) back; regain possession of:

      I was sent to retrieve the balls from his garden Steven stooped and retrieved his hat
      Synonym : get back, recover, regain (possession of), win back, recoup, reclaim, repossess, redeem, have returned, salvage, rescue, fetch, bring back, replevy, recuperate
    • 2. (of a dog) find and bring back (game or an object).

    • 3. bring (something) back into one's mind:

      the police hope to encourage him to retrieve forgotten memories
    • 4. find or extract (information stored in a computer).

    • 5. put right or improve (an unwelcome situation):

      he made one last desperate attempt to retrieve the situation
      Synonym : put right, set right, set to rights, put to rights, rectify, remedy, restore, solve, sort out, straighten out, resolve, deal with, correct, repair, mend, fix, redress, make good, improve, amend, ameliorate, make better, better
    • 6. reel or bring in a fishing line.

    noun

    • 1. an act of retrieving something, especially game that has been shot:

      watch the dog make the long retrieves
    • 2. an act of reeling or drawing in a fishing line:

      the chances are that the retrieve will bring your bait through an area of unfished water
    • 3. the possibility of recovery:

      he ruined himself beyond retrieve
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: retrieve, plural noun: retrieves

    • verb

      get or bring (something) back from somewhere:

      (of a dog) find and bring back (game that has been shot):

    • noun

      an act of retrieving something, especially game that has been shot:

      an act of reeling or drawing in a fishing line:

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