Pronunciation: (ri-trēv'), [key]
—v., -trieved, -triev•ing,
1. to recover or regain: to retrieve the stray ball.
2. to bring back to a former and better state; restore: to retrieve one's fortunes.
3. to make amends for: to retrieve an error.
4. to make good; repair: to retrieve a loss.
5. Hunting.(of hunting dogs) to fetch (killed or wounded game).
6. to draw back or reel in (a fishing line).
7. to rescue; save.
8. (in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) to make an in-bounds return of (a shot requiring running with the hand extended).
9. Computers.to locate and read (data) from storage, as for display on a monitor.
1. Hunting.to retrieve game.
2. to retrieve a fishing line.
1. an act of retrieving; recovery.
2. the possibility of recovery.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.