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retrieval Syllabification: re·triev·al
Pronunciation: /rəˈtrēvəl/

Definition of retrieval in English:


1The process of getting something back from somewhere: the investigation was completed after the retrieval of plane wreckage
More example sentences
  • Today, we are inundated with so much data in so many formats, that, even though retrieval is theoretically easier, it can still be difficult to develop a truly useful project archive.
  • The impact of her words, now beyond retrieval, spread out in slow motion to fill the moment.
  • Woody was involved in retrieval of a bag from a parked vehicle, for which he was paid £60.
1.1The obtaining or consulting of material stored in a computer system.
Example sentences
  • A search engine optimizes the retrieval process by indexing.
  • A library user is presented with an array of other online and CD-ROM products, some offering abstracts or full-text retrieval.
  • Documents are bulk-processed and, then, loaded into a large online database for storage and retrieval.

Words that rhyme with retrieval

coeval, evil, Khedival, medieval, primeval, shrieval, upheaval
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