The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Retrieve \Re*trieve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Retrieved; p. pr. &
vb. n. Retrieving.] [OE. retreven, OF. retrover to find
again, recover (il retroevee finds again), F. retrouver;
pref. re- re- + OF. trover to find, F. trouver. See
1. To find again; to recover; to regain; to restore from loss
or injury; as, to retrieve one's character; to retrieve
With late repentance now they would retrieve
The bodies they forsook, and wish to live. --Dryden
2. To recall; to bring back.
To retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits.
3. To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair, as a loss or
Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall. --Prior.
There is much to be done . . . and much to be
Syn: To recover; regain; recruit; repair; restore.