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English verb: retrieve

1. retrieve (possession) get or find back; recover the use of


SamplesShe regained control of herself.
She found her voice and replied quickly.


Synonymsfind, recover, regain


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)acquire, get


Narrower (hyponym)access


Verb groupfind, regain

2. retrieve (contact) go for and bring back


SamplesRetrieve the car from the parking garage.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring, convey, fetch, get


Verb groupretrieve

3. retrieve (contact) run after, pick up, and bring to the master


SamplesTrain the dog to retrieve.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)bring, convey, fetch, get


Verb groupretrieve

4. retrieve (cognition) recall knowledge from memory; have a recollection


SamplesI can't remember saying any such thing.
I can't think what her last name was.
Can you remember her phone number?.
Do you remember that he once loved you?.
Call up memories.


ExamplesThey won't retrieve the story


Synonymscall back, call up, recall, recollect, remember, think


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)brush up, know, recognise, recognize, refresh, review


Antonymsblank out, draw a blank, forget, block









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