hold back within
"This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"
retain, continue, keep, keep onverb
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, hold, keep back, hold backverb
secure and keep for possible future use or application
"The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"
keep in one's mind
"I cannot retain so much information"
To keep in possession or use.
To keep in one's pay or service.
To employ by paying a retainer.
To hold secure.
to continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like
to keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor
to restrain; to prevent
to belong; to pertain
to keep; to continue; to remain
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
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. retinēre—re-, back, tenēre, to hold.]
To keep a specific type of form, structure or memory.
The memory stick retained its memory and the data that was saved onto it.Submitted by MaryC on January 7, 2020
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Rank popularity for the word 'retain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3773
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'retain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4493
Rank popularity for the word 'retain' in Verbs Frequency: #317
The numerical value of retain in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of retain in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
The phone user needs to retain the power to choose what happens. Every domestic violence and sexual assault situation is different, and the phone won't know if the abuser suddenly re-enters the room, grabs the phone, or starts listening in. It's tempting to say that the phone should automatically dial 9-1-1, but that could lead to an increase in the number of accidental calls, limit emergency services' capacity to respond to actual urgent calls, and worst of all might tip off the perpetrator that his or her victim is trying to get help.
He that fails in his endeavors after wealth or power will not long retain either honesty or courage.
As technology becomes more sophisticated and people start to use their phones interactively for an increasing number of daily tasks, it would not be surprising if they also increasingly turned to electronic devices for help with personal, health and safety issues, the phone user needs to retain the power to choose what happens. Every domestic violence and sexual assault situation is different, and the phone won't know if the abuser suddenly re-enters the room, grabs the phone, or starts listening in. It's tempting to say that the phone should automatically dial 9-1-1, but that could lead to an increase in the number of accidental calls, limit emergency services' capacity to respond to actual urgent calls, and worst of all might tip off the perpetrator that his or her victim is trying to get help.
We learned that several days prior, Secretary Spencer had proposed a deal whereby if the President allowed the Navy to handle the case, he would guarantee that Eddie Gallagher would be restored to rank, allowed to retain his Trident and permitted to retire.
In advance of becoming an The SEC's commissioner, I was advised by the SEC's ethics office as to what investments I needed to sell and what investments I could legally retain and I followed Luis Aguilar and Kara Stein advice, Since then, I have neither bought nor sold any new public companies. Both I, Luis Aguilar staff and the The SEC's ethics office monitors these holdings and I recuse from these matters whenever I am advised to do so.
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- صانَ, أَدَامَ, رَعَى, أَبْقَى, احتفظ, بَقَّى, حَفِظَArabic
- behalten, festhaltenGerman
- detentar, retenerSpanish
- säilyttää, pitää, [[pitää]] [[palvelusFinnish
- conserver, maintenir, retenirFrench
- habeo, teneo, retinent,Latin
- få, mottaNorwegian
- нанимать, оставить, хранить, сохранять, сохранить, оставлятьRussian
- få, bevaraSwedish
- kaybetmemek, elinden kaçırmamak, alıkoymak, tutmak, unutmamakTurkish
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