[ɹ_ɪ_t_ˈeɪ_n], [ɹɪtˈe͡ɪn], [ɹɪtˈe‍ɪn]

Definitions of retain:

  1.   To keep in possession: to detain: to employ by a fee paid. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2.   To keep in possession or in service. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   To hold or keep in possession; engage by a fee prepaid; as, to retain a lawyer; keep in mind. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   To hold or keep in possession; to keep; to keep back; to hold from escape; to keep in pay; to employ by a fee paid. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5.   To hold or keep in possession; to detain; to keep back; to keep in pay; to engage by a fee paid. – Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Quotes for retain:

  1. What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation retain its intense newness over the years? – Brian Ferneyhough
  2. If we're going to create the best business climate to create higher paying jobs and retain our young people, we're going to have to build a workforce prepared for the opportunities of the future. – John Hoeven
  3. All camps are hard, that's what they're intended to be. They make you focus when you're tired, when you don't feel like doing things, and to see how long you can retain and pay attention. – Michael Strahan
  4. So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain... and retain – Leon Uris
  5. No men who really think deeply about women retain a high opinion of them; men either despise women or they have never thought seriously about them. – Otto Weininger

Usage examples for retain:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. “ 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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

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