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
  1. verb
    get or find back; recover the use of
    synonyms: find, recover, regain
    find, regain
    come upon after searching; find the location of something that was missed or lost
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    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
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    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  2. verb
    go for and bring back
    retrieve the car from the parking garage”
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    bring, convey, fetch, get
    go or come after and bring or take back
  3. verb
    run after, pick up, and bring to the master
    “train the dog to retrieve
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    type of:
    bring, convey, fetch, get
    go or come after and bring or take back
  4. verb
    recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
    synonyms: call back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, think
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    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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