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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retain \Re*tain"\, verb (used without an object)

1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]

A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness. --Boyle.

2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.] --Donne.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Retain \Re*tain"\ (r[-e]*t[=a]n"), verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Retained} (r[-e]*t[=a]nd"); 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 restrain from departure, escape, or the like. "Thy shape invisible retain." --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; restrain. See {Keep}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

retain

verb

1: hold back within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"

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" [syn: {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" [syn: {retain}, {hold}, {keep back}, {hold back}]

4: keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"


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