Definition of retain in English:

retain

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • 1Continue to have (something); keep possession of.

    • ‘built in 1830, the house retains many of its original features’
    keep, keep possession of, keep hold of, hold on to, hold fast to, keep back, hang on to, cling to
    maintain, keep, continue, preserve, reserve, conserve, perpetuate, cherish
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    1. 1.1Not abolish or alter; maintain.
      • ‘the rights of defendants must be retained’
      maintain, keep, continue, preserve, reserve, conserve, perpetuate, cherish
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    2. 1.2Keep in one's memory.
      • ‘I retained a few French words and phrases’
      remember, memorize, keep in one's mind, keep in one's memory
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  • 2Absorb and continue to hold (a substance)

    • ‘limestone is known to retain water’
  • 3Keep (something) in place; hold fixed.

    • ‘the successful design of a cartridge belt requires that the cartridges in it be properly located and retained in that position’
  • 4Keep (someone) engaged in one's service.

    • ‘he has been retained as a freelance’
    employ, commission, contract, pay, keep on the payroll, have in employment
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    1. 4.1Secure the services of (a person, especially an attorney) with a preliminary payment.

Pronunciation

retain

/rəˈtān/ /rəˈteɪn/

Origin

Late Middle English via Anglo-Norman French from Old French retenir, from Latin retinere, from re- ‘back’ + tenere ‘hold’.