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English definition of “retrieve”

retrieve

verb [T]     /rɪˈtriːv/
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 .
(Definition of retrieve verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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