a person or thing that retains.
a servant or attendant who has served a family for many years.
a fixed or removable device worn in the mouth to hold the teeth in their new position during the adaptive period after straightening appliances have been removed.
Prosthodontics. a part on a bridge or the like by which the bridge is attached to the natural teeth.
- re·tain·er·ship, noun
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After all, it’s not uncommon for wealthy Americans to have lawyers on retainer, and many call their lawyers whenever their hearts desire.The Critical Role of Public Defenders in a Post-Roe v. Wade World | Emily Galvin-Almanza | May 7, 2022 | Time
Six in 10 clients have shortened deadlines on projects, and the average timeline of a client’s expectation has shrunk from more than a month to 2-4 weeks, while projects now outweigh retainer business by 55% to 45%.Media Buying Briefing: How to retain and empower agency talent when there’s more work than ever | Michael Bürgi | February 14, 2022 | Digiday
I think that there’s always going to be a place for retainer contracts with agencies for bigger brands.‘People doing the work have more power’: We Are Rosie founder Stephanie Olson on freelance network’s growth, war on talent | Kristina Monllos | January 6, 2022 | Digiday
For freelancers on retainer, managing clients’ expectations while also staying within the bounds of the agreed upon job can be a delicate balance.‘It can easily spin out of control’: Confessions of a freelance creative on the rise of scope creep | Kristina Monllos | June 10, 2021 | Digiday
Asked by an agent whether he had legal representation, Hopkins said Project Veritas had a lawyer on retainer “in case there’s anything that happens.”Postal Service finds no evidence of mail ballot fraud in Pa. case cited by top Republicans | Jacob Bogage, Shawn Boburg | March 17, 2021 | Washington Post
Like any high-powered attorney who charges $100,000 for a retainer, Bolt always seems to be one step ahead of the competition.Gone Girl’s Biggest Twist Is the Superb Tyler Perry | Alex Suskind | October 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One of the perks offered by the challenge is help from a list of professionals the foundation will keep on retainer.Rockefeller Foundation Announces $100 Million Project to Make Cities More Resilient | Miranda Green | May 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
McKesson pays its directors an annual cash retainer of $75,000.He’s One of the Nation’s Highest-Paid CEOs—and You’ve Never Heard of Him | Gary Rivlin | January 2, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is it worth it for these companies to keep stars and their keepers on retainer?
"Very well," said the other, handing him a check for twenty-five dollars as a retainer, and straightway left the office.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
It was very annoying—more than ever—to the Elder when he was required to put up twenty-five dollars in cash as a retainer.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
He said with a touch of mock irony: "The sailor shall play his part—the obedient retainer of the house of Devlin."Mrs. Falchion, Complete | Gilbert Parker
His retainer fees are large; his work is exact; he is a man looked up to by those in the profession following a general practice.Opportunities in Engineering | Charles M. Horton
It was the custom for each retainer to fit out his men according to his own taste, and at his own expense.
British Dictionary definitions for retainer
history a supporter or dependant of a person of rank, esp a soldier
a servant, esp one who has been with a family for a long time
a clip, frame, or similar device that prevents a part of a machine, engine, etc, from moving
a dental appliance for holding a loose tooth or prosthetic device in position
a fee paid in advance to secure first option on the services of a barrister, jockey, etc
a reduced rent paid for a flat, room, etc, during absence to reserve it for future use
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