Usage examples for retain

  1. She put a space between them with a sudden bound, as though he had made a move to retain her. – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  2. They hold a man in great esteem who in action sets them an example of contempt for danger; but they think nothing of an officer who is not in the habit of leading them; in fact, such a man could not possibly retain his position. – Three Months in the Southern States, April-June 1863 by Arthur J. L. (Lieut.-Col.) Fremantle
  3. It is yours; but do not do me the injustice to think I would retain it to hold over you in terrorem. – Blind Policy by George Manville Fenn
  4. It is always best to let each variety retain its own individual marks and characteristics. – The Pecan and its Culture by H. Harold Hume
  5. They then receive the names they retain until death. – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa
  6. To retain in one's memory what does not interest one is difficult to everybody, while that which does interest us comes easy. – Piano Playing With Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann
  7. This, when made red hot, bored slowly through the timbers; and the better to retain the heat, Jack shut up one end of it and filled it with sand. – The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne
  8. Have as many doors and windows in your home as possible, and keep them open, and have nothing in your home to make dust or to retain dust. – The Book of Life: Vol. I Mind and Body; Vol. II Love and Society by Upton Sinclair
  9. What mysterious power had compelled Lincoln to retain a force larger than the whole Confederate army " to protect the national capital from danger and insult?" – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  10. Of my return to the place at which I had left my bundle and rifle I retain absolutely not one recollection. – Fire-Tongue by Sax Rohmer
  11. One is that they must retain an absolute hold upon their own majority, and the other is that their rule must be tempered by liberty of criticism. – The Government of England (Vol. I) by A. Lawrence Lowell
  12. It is our duty not only to take the very best care of our teeth, but to retain them as long as possible. – A Practical Physiology by Albert F. Blaisdell
  13. Mason refilled his pipe and then resumed: " Again, I can't seem to retain a vital interest in any given case- that is to say, an exclusive interest." – Rose of Dutcher's Coolly by Hamlin Garland
  14. We must be 'realistic, ' though we can retain the old literary forms. – English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century by Leslie Stephen
  15. Our little companion, with his head bent down towards the ground, struggled to retain his place by our side. – Adventures of a Young Naturalist by Lucien Biart
  16. Ethelberta gave it a subtle movement backwards to imply that he was not to retain the prize, and said, 'One whose inner life is almost unknown to you, and whom you have scarcely seen except at other people's houses! – The Hand of Ethelberta by Thomas Hardy
  17. She said this with a certain shame, but I was too anxious for her safety to retain my feelings of jealousy at such a moment. – Athelstane Ford by Allen Upward
  18. Always retain your friendship and love for me. – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  19. The difficulty is to retain this faith after one has been, as it were, inside politics. – The Book of This and That by Robert Lynd
  20. With such a knowledge of the City world as he possessed, he thought that he could pick up a living in London, if only he could retain his seat in Parliament. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope