(1)   Recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection
"I can't remember saying any such thing"
"I can't think what her last name was"
"Can you remember her phone number?"
"Do you remember that he once loved you?"
"Call up memories"
(2)   Run after, pick up, and bring to the master
"Train the dog to retrieve"
(3)   Get or find back; recover the use of
"She regained control of herself"
"She found her voice and replied quickly"


Recorded in c.1410 as retreve (altered to retrive in the 16th century; modern form is from c.1650), from retruev-, stem of (=modern) retrouver "to find again", itself from re- "again" + trouver "to find" (probably from Vulgar *tropare "to compose")


  1. To regain or get back something.
  2. To rescue (a) creature(s)
  3. To salvage something
  4. To remedy or rectify something.
  5. To remember or recall something.
  6. To fetch or carry back something.
  7. To fetch and bring in game.
    The cook cares not what's shot, only what's actually retrieved
  8. To fetch and bring in game systematically.
    Hound breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving
  9. To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
    Most dogs love retrieving, never mind the (improvised) toy
  10. To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.