Synonyms of retain in English:

retain


See definition of retain

verb

1‘the government retained a minority share in the privatized industries’

SYNONYMS
keep, keep possession of, keep hold of, hold on to, hold fast to, keep back, hang on to, cling to
literary cleave to
ANTONYMS

give up, lose

2‘existing footpaths are to be retained’

SYNONYMS
maintain, keep, continue, preserve, reserve, conserve, perpetuate, cherish
ANTONYMS

abolish, discontinue, alter

3‘some students retain facts easily’

SYNONYMS
remember, memorize, keep in one's mind, keep in one's memory
learn, learn by heart, get by heart, commit to memory, get off pat, learn by rote, impress on the memory, become word-perfect in
recall, call to mind, recollect, think of, succeed in remembering
archaic con
ANTONYMS

forget

4‘the solicitor will retain a barrister when necessary’

SYNONYMS
employ, commission, contract, pay, keep on the payroll, have in employment
hire, engage, appoint, recruit, put on the payroll, secure the services of, sign on, sign up, take on, take into one's employ
ANTONYMS

dismiss