verb (used with object)
Origin of retain
Examples from the Web for retained
Weeks retained an unparalleled legal team, which included bitter political rivals Hamilton and Burr.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Once appointed, supreme court nominees stand for election in order to be retained.
He retained a deep attachment to his mother, Judie McCain, and posted a photo of her on Facebook.American Jihadis Douglas McCain and Troy Kastigar: From Losers to Martyrs|Michael Daly|August 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Although she is now an American citizen, Coles has retained an English sense of journalism.Joanna Coles: Why Cosmopolitan Does Sexy and Serious So Well|Lloyd Grove|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On the other hand, he has retained an attribute reminiscent of the other ex-fundies.
And he retained his hold of my jacket, giving directions to his men the while.The Pilots of Pomona|Robert Leighton
While the stems may be retained with the buttons, they should always be removed from the full-grown mushrooms.Mushrooms: how to grow them|William Falconer
Following is a partial list of words of foreign origin which should not be italicized even when the original accents are retained.The Uses of Italic|Frederick W. Hamilton
It would seem that he was now in easy circumstances, although he retained to the end his economical habits.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XIII|John Lord
The Dutch, who have retained in a debased form their own language, also engage largely in agriculture and viticulture.
British Dictionary definitions for retained
Word Origin for retain
Word Origin and History for retained
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.