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Retrieve vs Read - What's the difference?

retrieve | read |

As nouns the difference between retrieve and read

is that retrieve is a retrieval while read is thing or read can be star.

As a verb retrieve

is to regain or get back something.




  • To regain or get back something.
  • to retrieve''' one's character or independence; to '''retrieve a thrown ball
  • * Dryden
  • With late repentance now they would retrieve / The bodies they forsook, and wish to live.
  • To rescue (a) creature(s)
  • To salvage something
  • To remedy or rectify something.
  • To remember or recall something.
  • To fetch or carry back something.
  • * Berkeley
  • to retrieve them from their cold, trivial conceits
  • To fetch and bring in game.
  • The cook doesn't care what's shot, only what's actually retrieved .
  • To fetch and bring in game systematically.
  • Dog breeds called 'retrievers' were selected for retrieving .
  • To fetch or carry back systematically, notably as a game.
  • Most dogs love retrieving , regardless of what object is thrown.
  • (sports) To make a difficult but successful return of the ball.
  • (obsolete) To remedy the evil consequence of, to repair (a loss or damage).
  • * Prior
  • Accept my sorrow, and retrieve my fall.
  • * Burke
  • There is much to be done and much to be retrieved .

    Derived terms

    * retriever


    (en noun)
  • A retrieval
  • (sports) The return of a difficult ball
  • (obsolete) A seeking again; a discovery.
  • (Ben Jonson)
  • (obsolete) The recovery of game once sprung.
  • (Nares)



    (wikipedia read)


  • (obsolete) To think, believe; to consider (that).
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.i:
  • But now, faire Ladie, comfort to you make, / And read / That short reuenge the man may ouertake […].
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To look at and interpret letters or other information that is written.
  • * 1661 , , The Life of the most learned, reverend and pious Dr. H. Hammond
  • During the whole time of his abode in the university he generally spent thirteen hours of the day in study; by which assiduity besides an exact dispatch of the whole course of philosophy, he read over in a manner all classic authors that are extant
  • (transitive, or, intransitive) To speak aloud words or other information that is written. Often construed with a ''to'' phrase or an indirect object.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers), title=(A Cuckoo in the Nest)
  • , chapter=1 citation , passage=He read the letter aloud. Sophia listened with the studied air of one for whom, even in these days, a title possessed some surreptitious allurement. […]}}
  • To interpret or infer a meaning, significance, thought, intention, etc.
  • To consist of certain text.
  • The passage reads differently in the earlier manuscripts.
  • Of text, etc., to be interpreted or read in a particular way.
  • That sentence reads strangely.
  • To substitute (a corrected piece of text in place of an erroneous one); (used to introduce an emendation of a text).
  • * 1832 , John Lemprière et al., Bibliotheca classica , Seventh Edition, W. E. Dean, page 263:
  • In , it is nearly certain that for Pylleon we should read Pteleon, as this place is mentioned in connection with Antron.
  • (informal, usually, ironic) .
  • * 2009 , Suzee Vlk et al., The GRE Test for Dummies , Sixth Edition, Wiley Publishing, ISBN 978-0-470-00919-2, page 191:
  • Eliminate illogical (read : stupid) answer choices.
  • (telecommunications) To be able to hear what another person is saying over a radio connection.
  • (British) To make a special study of, as by perusing textbooks.
  • (computing) To fetch data from (a storage medium, etc.).
  • to read''' a hard disk; to '''read''' a port; to '''read the keyboard
  • (obsolete) To advise; to counsel. See rede.
  • * (William Tyndale)
  • Therefore, I read thee, get to God's word, and thereby try all doctrine.
  • (obsolete) To tell; to declare; to recite.
  • * 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), (The Faerie Queene) , II.iv:
  • But read how art thou named, and of what kin.
  • (transgenderism) To recognise (someone) as being transgender.
  • (read)
  • Usage notes

    * When "read" is used transitively with an author's name as the object, it generally means "to look at writing(s) by (the specified person)" (rather than "to recognise (the specified person) as transgender"). Example: "I am going to read Milton before I read His Dark Materials'', so I know what ''His Dark Materials is responding to."


    * (look at and interpret letters or other information) interpret, make out, make sense of, understand, scan * (speak aloud words or other information that is written) read aloud, read out, read out loud, speak * (be able to hear) copy, hear, receive * (make a study of) learn, study, look up


    * (to be recognised as transgender) pass

    Derived terms

    * beread * cold read * dictated but not read * have one's head read * lip read/lip-read * mind-read * misread * overread * read along * read between the lines * read dating * read for * read my lips * read-only * read out * read over * read somebody like a book * read somebody the riot act * read someone's mind * read the green * read through * read up * readable * reader * reading * RTFM * sight read * speed-read * underread * unread * WORM/Write Once Read Many * well-read


    (en noun)
  • A reading or an act of reading, especially an actor's part of a play.
  • * Furnivall
  • One newswoman here lets magazines for a penny a read .
  • * Philip Larkin, Self's the Man
  • And when he finishes supper / Planning to have a read at the evening paper / It's Put a screw in this wall — / He has no time at all
  • * 2006 , MySQL administrator's guide and language reference (page 393)
  • In other words, the system can do 1200 reads per second with no writes, the average write is twice as slow as the average read, and the relationship is linear.

    Derived terms

    (Terms derived from the noun "read") * cold read * read-out, readout

    See also