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Noun: retrieval  ri'tree-vul
  1. The act of regaining or saving something lost (or in danger of becoming lost)
    - recovery
  2. (computing) the operation of accessing information from the computer's memory
  3. The cognitive operation of accessing information in memory
    "my retrieval of people's names is very poor"

Derived forms: retrievals

Type of: act, computer operation, deed, human action, human activity, machine operation, memory, remembering

Encyclopedia: Retrieval