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Definitions of retain

  1. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. as to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. hold on to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To restrain; to prevent. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To belong; to pertain. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To keep; to continue; to remain. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To hold or keep in possession; engage by a fee prepaid; as, to retain a lawyer; keep in mind. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To keep in possession: to detain: to employ by a fee paid. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To keep in possession or in service. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. To hold; keep. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. To engage beforehand, as a lawyer, by a fee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Retainable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To hold or keep in possession; to detain; to keep back; to keep in pay; to engage by a fee paid. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. To hold or keep in possession; to keep; to keep back; to hold from escape; to keep in pay; to employ by a fee paid. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like. dictgcide_fs
  21. r[=e]-t[=a]n', v.t. to keep in possession: to detain: to employ by a fee paid: to restrain: to keep up, as to retain a custom: to keep in mind.--adj. RETAIN'ABLE, that may be retained.--ns. RETAIN'ER, one who is retained or kept in service: a dependant, but higher than a servant: a sutler: a retaining fee; RETAIN'ERSHIP; RETAIN'MENT.--RETAINING FEE, the advance fee paid to a lawyer to defend a cause; RETAINING WALL, a wall to prevent a bank from slipping down.--GENERAL RETAINER, a fee to secure a priority of claim on a counsel's services; SPECIAL RETAINER, a fee for a particular case. [Fr.,--L. retin[=e]re--re-, back, ten[=e]re, to hold.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Keep in place, hold fixed, (retaining wall, supporting& confining mass of earth or water; retaining force mil., posted to keep part of enemy inactive &c.); secure services of (esp. barrister) by engagement& preliminary payment (retaining fee, retainer); keep possession of, not lose, continue to have; continue to practice or recognize, allow to remain or prevail, not abolish or discard or alter; succeed in remembering, not forget. Hence retainable a. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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