Definitions for RETAINrɪˈteɪn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retain(verb)

    hold back within

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

  2. retain, continue, keep, keep on(verb)

    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"

  3. retain, hold, keep back, hold back(verb)

    secure and keep for possible future use or application

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

  4. retain(verb)

    keep in one's mind

    "I cannot retain so much information"

Wiktionary

  1. retain(Verb)

    To keep in possession or use.

  2. retain(Verb)

    To keep in one's pay or service.

  3. retain(Verb)

    To employ by paying a retainer.

  4. retain(Verb)

    To hold secure.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retain(verb)

    to continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like

  2. Retain(verb)

    to keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor

  3. Retain(verb)

    to restrain; to prevent

  4. Retain(verb)

    to belong; to pertain

  5. Retain(verb)

    to keep; to continue; to remain

Freebase

  1. RETAIN

    RETAIN is a mainframe based database system, accessed via IBM 3270 terminals, used internally within IBM providing service support to IBM field personnel and customers. The acronym RETAIN stands for REmote Technical Assistance Information Network.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Retain

    rē-tān′, 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. retinērere-, back, tenēre, to hold.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RETAIN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3773

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RETAIN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4493

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'RETAIN' in Verbs Frequency: #317

Anagrams for RETAIN »

  1. tin ear

  2. retina

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of RETAIN in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of RETAIN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Henry David Thoreau:

    It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.

  2. Charles Caleb Colton:

    The three great apostles of practical atheism, that make converts without persecuting, and retain them without preaching, are wealth, health, and power.

  3. Thomas Jefferson:

    The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.

  4. Mary Wortley Montagu:

    Prudent people are very happy 'tis an exceeding fine thing, that's certain, but I was born without it, and shall retain to my day of Death the Humour of saying what I think.

  5. Sarkis Naoum:

    We will see under the plan B what he will retain, it might be impossible for him in the long term to retain Damascus, Aleppo or Hama. He will have the coastal area including Homs.

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