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Meaning & Definition of Retain in English





1. Hold back within

  • "This soil retains water"
  • "I retain this drug for a long time"
  • "The dam retains the water"
  • retain

2. Allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

  • "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"
  • retain,
  • continue,
  • keep,
  • keep on

3. Secure and keep for possible future use or application

  • "The landlord retained the security deposit"
  • "I reserve the right to disagree"
  • retain,
  • hold,
  • keep back,
  • hold back

4. Keep in one's mind

  • "I cannot retain so much information"
  • retain

Examples of using

We had to retain a lawyer.