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Meaning of RETAIN

Pronunciation:  ri'teyn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"
  2. [v]  as to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
  3. [v]  secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
  4. [v]  hold on to
  5. [v]  allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"
  6. [v]  hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"

RETAIN is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: continue, engage, hold, hold back, keep, keep back, keep going, keep on
 See Also: bear, carry, contain, employ, hire, hold, hold down, hold on, hold open, keep, keep open, keep up, prolong, remember, save, sustain, think of



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Retained}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Retaining}.] [F. retainir, L. retinere; pref. re- re- +
    tenere to hold, keep. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Rein} of a
    bridle, {Retention}, {Retinue}.]
    1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose,
       part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape,
       or the like. ``Thy shape invisibleretain.'' --Shak.
             Be obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love
             entire.                               --Milton.
             An executor may retain a debt due to him from the
             testator.                             --Blackstone.
    2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to
       hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.
             A Benedictine convent has now retained the most
             learned father of their order to write in its
             defense.                              --Addison.
    3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.] --Sir W. Temple.
    {Retaining wall} (Arch. & Engin.), a wall built to keep any
       movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place;
       -- called also {retain wall}.
    Syn: To keep; hold; retrain. See {Keep}.
  2. \Re*tain"\, v. i.
    1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]
             A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.
    2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.] --Donne.