- to keep possession of.
- to continue to use, practice, etc.: to retain an old custom.
- to continue to hold or have: to retain a prisoner in custody; a cloth that retains its color.
- to keep in mind; remember.
- to hold in place or position.
- to engage, especially by payment of a preliminary fee: to retain a lawyer.
Origin of retain
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Related Wordsreceived, saved, maintained, reserved, withheld, remembered, possessed, owned, restrained, held, included, confined, sustained, had, contained, treasured, secured, chosen, selected, engaged
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
January 8, 2015
Once appointed, supreme court nominees stand for election in order to be retained.And Here Come 2014’s Willie Hortons
November 2, 2014
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
August 28, 2014
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
August 22, 2014
On the other hand, he has retained an attribute reminiscent of the other ex-fundies.Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God
August 3, 2014
Anaxagoras retained his usual bland expression and meek dignity.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
I adopted the name "Thompson," from my new master, which I have since retained.Biography of a Slave
Fruits and vegetables should have retained their natural color.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Burke retained his manner of serene indifference to the other's agitation.Within the Law
We keep the Chitral road open because we have retained Chitral.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- to keep in one's possession
- to be able to hold or containsoil that retains water
- (of a person) to be able to remember (information, facts, etc) without difficulty
- to hold in position
- to keep for one's future use, as by paying a retainer or nominal chargeto retain one's rooms for the holidays
- law to engage the services of (a barrister) by payment of a preliminary fee
- (in selling races) to buy back a winner that one owns when it is auctioned after the race
- (of racehorse trainers) to pay an advance fee to (a jockey) so as to have prior or exclusive claims upon his services throughout the season
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.