- re|triev|al [rıˈtri:vəl] n [U]1.) technical the process of getting back information stored on a computer system▪ a new system that should speed up information retrieval2.) the act of getting back something you have lost or left somewhere3.) be beyond/past retrievalif a situation is beyond retrieval, it has become so bad that it cannot be made right again
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.