When you retrieve something, you bring it back. Lots of dogs love to retrieve tennis balls, bringing them back to you over and over again.

You might retrieve your cell phone from the car, or the toys a baby throws repeatedly on the floor. You can also retrieve a memory from the recesses of your mind, or struggle to remember someone's name and then suddenly retrieve it. A retriever is a dog that's bred to bring things back — in fact, this is the word's earliest use, from the fifteenth century. The Old French root is retreuver, "find again," from re-, "again," and trouver, "to find."

Definitions of retrieve

v get or find back; recover the use of

find, recover, regain
find, regain
come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
obtain or retrieve from a storage device; as of information on a computer
access or locate by address
log in, log on, log-in
enter a computer
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v go for and bring back

retrieve the car from the parking garage”
Type of:
bring, convey, fetch, get
go or come after and bring or take back

v run after, pick up, and bring to the master

“train the dog to retrieve
Type of:
bring, convey, fetch, get
go or come after and bring or take back

v recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection

call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, think
blank out, block, draw a blank, forget
be unable to remember
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perceive as familiar
recognise, recognize
perceive to be the same
brush up, refresh, review
refresh one's memory
consider to be equal or the same

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