Retain

[ɹ_ɪ_t_ˈeɪ_n], [ɹɪtˈe͡ɪn], [ɹɪtˈe‍ɪn]

Definitions of retain:

  1.   To restrain; to prevent.
  2.   hold on to
  3.   To hold; keep.
  4.   To hold or keep in possession; engage by a fee prepaid; as, to retain a lawyer; keep in mind.
  5.   secure and keep for possible future use or application; " The landlord retained the security deposit"; " I reserve the right to disagree"
  6.   To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like.
  7.   allow to remain in a place or position; " 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"
  8.   hold within; " This soil retains water"; " I retain this drug for a long time"
  9.   To keep; to continue; to remain.
  10.   as to represent; of legal counsel; " I'm retaining a lawyer"
  11.   Retainable.
  12.   To belong; to pertain.
  13.   To keep in possession or in service.
  14.   To engage beforehand, as a lawyer, by a fee.
  15.   To keep in possession: to detain: to employ by a fee paid.
  16.   To hold or keep in possession; to detain; to keep back; to keep in pay; to engage by a fee paid.
  17.   keep in one's mind; " I cannot retain so much information"
  18.   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.
  19.   To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor.

Antonyms for retain:

convert, assign, sell, allot, modify, lock out, dispense, emit, can, substitute, shift, recant, misplace, cough up, qualify, hurl, desert, renounce, abjure, require, reject, lack, vest, apportion, disclaim, deliver, turn over, divide, commit, give up, forego, disown, give over, transmute, dump, depute, mislay, cast off, muster out, need, fling, ax, transfigure, give, furlough, leave, furnish, turn in, lay off, decline, shed, throw, mete out, consign, transmit, retract, deal, forswear, bestow, drop, set apart, transform, repudiate, donate, pour, diversify, deny, share, lay-by, eighty-six, hand out, turn off, cashier, lose, discharge, want, launch, allocate, release, provide, cede, yield, spurn, award, toss, sack, surrender, ration, appoint, recommend, transfer, confide, vacate, metamorphose, render, destine, sling, entrust, contribute, vary, terminate, disavow, relinquish, forsake, discontinue, select, abdicate, lay down, recall, abandon, fire, portion out, maroon, alter, dismiss, exorcise, cease, veer, deep-six, unload, throw out, change, lance, dart, give away, exchange, distribute, refuse, throw away, retire, resign, discard, allow, hand over, send, commend, grant, convey, commute, quit.


Quotes for retain:

  1. No matter what parents do, kids retain their uniqueness. – Kirstie Alley
  2. Who questions much, shall learn much, and retain much. – Francis Bacon
  3. That you may retain your self -respect, it is better to displease the people by doing what you know is right, than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong. – William J. H. Boetcker
  4. I use about 20 different colours to retain the luminance in my work. – John Dyer
  5. What makes a specific quality or quantity of innovation retain its intense newness over the years? – Brian Ferneyhough
  6. Socially I never was an outsider. I have never thought of the conflict element before frankly, but perhaps it was wanting to belong, and at the same time wanting to retain one's own personality. – Carlisle Floyd
  7. I consider Bush's decision to call for a war against terrorism a serious mistake. He is elevating these criminals to the status of war enemies, and one cannot lead a war against a network if the term war is to retain any definite meaning. – Jurgen Habermas
  8. 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
  9. I think actors always retain one foot in the cradle. We're switched on to our youth, to our childhood. We have to be because we're in the business of transferring emotions to other people. – Derek Jacobi
  10. Perhaps, to the uninformed, it may appear unaccountable that a man should be able to retain in his memory such a variety of learning; but the close alliance with each other, of the different branches of science, will explain the difficulty. – Marcus V. Pollio
  11. In the same manner if any nation wasted part of its wealth, or lost part of its trade, it could not retain the same quantity of circulating medium which it before possessed. – David Ricardo
  12. 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
  13. So writing is a very, very difficult position to obtain... and retain – Leon Uris
  14. 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. 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
  3. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  9. It is always best to let each variety retain its own individual marks and characteristics. ” – The Pecan and its Culture by H. Harold Hume
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. We must be 'realistic, ' though we can retain the old literary forms. ” – English Literature and Society in the Eighteenth Century by Leslie Stephen
  13. “ 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
  14. They then receive the names they retain until death. ” – History of the Incas by Pedro Sarmiento de Gamboa
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Always retain your friendship and love for me. ” – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  19. “ 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
  20. 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

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