- retrieve re‧trieve [rɪˈtriːv] verb [transitive]1. COMPUTING to get back information that has been stored in a computer:
• The application stores and retrieves data according to the user's requirements.
• To retrieve a file, double click on it using the mouse.2. if a company retrieves money, costs, or losses, it succeeds in obtaining an amount of money equal to the amount it spent or lost; = RECOUP:
• The bank will have trouble retrieving anything like the value of its loans.— retrieval noun [uncountable] :
• efficient information retrieval
* * *retrieve UK US /rɪˈtriːv/ verb [T]► IT to get stored information from a computer: retrieve data/information »
I finally managed to retrieve the deleted data.retrieve a record/image/file, etc. »
The search is designed to retrieve all the records WorldCat has for a particular book.retrieve sth from sth »
The product helps retrieve accidentally deleted image files from virtually any kind of removable media for digital cameras.► to get something back that has been lost, taken, or left somewhere: »
The company has taken legal action to retrieve the stolen cash.retrieve sth from sb/sth »
He retrieved the documents from his colleague's desk.
Financial and business terms. 2012.