- verb to get back (information) which is stored in a computer
- verb to get something back from where it has been stored
- verb to return a difficult shot
Origin & History of “retrieve”
To retrieve something is etymologically to ‘re-find’ it. The word comes from retreuv-, the stem of Old French retrover. this was a compound verb formed from the prefix re- ‘again’ and trover ‘find’ (ancestor of modern French trouver and source of English troubadour and trove, as in treasure trove). Its original application in English was to dogs re-finding game that had been temporarily lost (hence the term retriever (15th c.)).