Definition of information retrieval in English:

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information retrieval

Pronunciation: /ˌinfərˈmāSHən rəˈˌtrēvəl/


The tracing and recovery of specific information from stored data.
Example sentences
  • The Centre long ago realized the importance of information retrieval systems on the Internet, including the distribution of in-house preprints, yearly activities and public access catalogs.
  • This process is sometimes known as machine understanding, a multidisciplinary endeavor involving information retrieval, linguistics and artificial intelligence.
  • These organizations had learned the hard way about information systems and information retrieval.

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Syllabification: in·for·ma·tion re·triev·al

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