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Princeton's WordNet

  1. retained, maintainedadjective

    continued in your keeping or use or memory

    "in...the retained pattern of dancers and guests remembered"


  1. retained

    In the United Kingdom and Ireland, a retained firefighter, also known as an RDS Firefighter or on-call firefighter, is a firefighter who does not work on a fire station full-time but is paid to spend long periods of time on call to respond to emergencies through the Retained Duty System. Many have full-time jobs outside of the fire service. Retained firefighters are employed and trained by the local fire and rescue service. When required to answer an emergency call, retained firefighters are summoned to the fire station by a radio pager (also known as an "alerter"). Once at the station, the crews staff the fire engine and proceed to the incident. Retained firefighters are therefore required to live or work near to the fire station they serve. This allows them to respond to emergencies within acceptable and strict attendance time targets set out by each fire service. Typically, retained firefighters are employed in rural areas or in large villages, small towns or run a second/third appliance at full time stations as a backup crew. They provide cover to 90% of the area of the UK - there are 14,000 in England and Wales. Of the approximately 8,500 operational firefighters in Scotland, about 32% are retained. London Fire Brigade, West Midlands Fire Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are the only fire and rescue services in the UK that do not have any retained firefighters.Unlike volunteer firefighters, retained firefighters are paid for attending incidents. Both Volunteers & Retained are paid an annual "retainer fee" for being on call, but only Retained firefighters receive further pay for each emergency call they respond to. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and the Retained Firefighters' Union (RFU) represent the interests of retained firefighters across the country.


  1. retained

    Retained refers to something kept or continued to have, especially in one's possession or control, for a further period of time. The term is often used in a financial context to refer to the portion of net earnings that a company keeps for its own use rather than distributing it as dividends to shareholders. It can also refer to keeping someone or something within specific contexts or environments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Retained

    of Retain

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'retained' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3857

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of retained in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of retained in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of retained in a Sentence

  1. Colin Powell:

    I retained none of those emails and we are working with the State Department to see if there's anything else they want to discuss with me about those emails.

  2. Alexis Tsipras:

    Impoverished Greece is in crisis. We are a poor people, but we have retained our values and humanity, and we aren't claiming a single euro to do our duty to people who are dying in our back yard.

  3. Regina Mayor:

    Those with more experience are being retained, they are trying to defer retirements.

  4. Keith Taylor:

    The ISDS clause, if retained, would mean we'd be a step closer to corporations writing our laws instead of governments.

  5. Douglas Wigdor:

    We have been in talks over the last few weeks, which led to me being retained.

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