Definitions for retain

Definitions for (verb) retain

Main entry: retain

Definition: keep in one's mind

Usage: I cannot retain so much information

Main entry: keep back, hold, hold back, retain

Definition: secure and keep for possible future use or application

Usage: The landlord retained the security deposit; I reserve the right to disagree

Main entry: continue, retain, keep, keep on

Definition: allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

Usage: 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; She retained her composure; this garment retains its shape even after many washings

Main entry: retain

Definition: hold back within

Usage: This soil retains water; I retain this drug for a long time; the dam retains the water

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