verb (used with object)
- retail politics,
- retail price index,
- retail therapy,
- retained earnings,
- retained income,
- retained menstruation,
- retained object,
- retained object complement
Origin of retain
Examples from the Web for retain
And despite the good scholarship the authors have managed to retain the buoyancy and upbeat air attendant on most comics.
Now both breweries are fighting to retain their half of the cake.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Canada and the United States are the only industrialized countries that retain birthright citizenship.Get Ready to Start Hearing About ‘Executive Amnesty for Anchor Babies’|Eleanor Clift|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Rohrabacher though did retain the bottle for official use in his Washington, D.C. office.Meditation Rugs, Swords, and Horse Head Fiddles: The Strangest Gifts Given to Government Bigwigs|Ben Jacobs|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First they must retain and work to expand their share of older voters.
Let stand until morning in a warm place or in a covered bread pan well wrapped to retain the heat.Civic League Cook Book|Anonymous
Mrs. Bowse's boarders and his hall bedroom had helped him to retain some hold over actual existence.T. Tembarom|Frances Hodgson Burnett
Some nobles made terms whereby they were allowed to retain their estates, but the majority of them opposed the conquerors.A History of Spain|Charles E. Chapman
Grotait's cheek reddened with anger at this rebuff, and it cost him an effort to retain his friendly intentions.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
I rejoiceas I told the senate when they offered me four million sestercesto serve Csar and retain my poverty.Darkness and Dawn|Frederic W. Farrar
Word Origin for retain
late 14c., "hold back, restrain;" c.1400, "continue keeping, keep possession of," from Old French retenir "keep, retain; take into feudal service; hold back; remember" (12c.), from Latin retinere "hold back, keep back, detain, restrain," from re- "back" (see re-) + tenere "to hold" (see tenet). Meaning "keep (another) attached to one's person, keep in service" is from mid-15c.; specifically of lawyers from 1540s. Meaning "keep in the mind" is from c.1500. Related: Retained; retaining.