What does the word retrieve mean?

    Part of speech: noun

  • Retrieval.

  • Part of speech: adjective

  • Retrievable.

  • Part of speech: adverb


  • Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To bring back; restore.

Usage examples for retrieve

  1. In the end it was only pure chance that permitted them to retrieve the mistake they had made. – Some Principles of Maritime Strategy by Julian Stafford Corbett
  2. Mr. Daubeny had dissolved the House, not probably with any idea that he could thus retrieve his fortunes, but feeling that in doing so he was occupying the last normal position of a properly- fought Constitutional battle. – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
  3. For this he could not but feel that the home government must consider him largely responsible; for in the Chesapeake, too late to retrieve his false step, he had received a letter from the minister of war saying that, whatever else he undertook, support to Burgoyne was the great object to be kept in view. – The Major Operations of the Navies in the War of American Independence by A. T. Mahan