[ ri-teyn ]
/ rɪˈteɪn /
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verb (used with object)

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.



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Origin of retain

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English reteinen, from Old French retenir, from Latin retinēre “to hold back, hold fast,” equivalent to re- re- + -tinēre, combining form of tenēre “to hold”
1. See keep.
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British Dictionary definitions for retain

/ (rɪˈteɪn) /

verb (tr)

retainable, adjectiveretainment, noun
C14: from Old French retenir, from Latin retinēre to hold back, from re- + tenēre to hold
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