retain  

  • Definition of retain

    • (v): keep in one''s mind; "I cannot retain so much information"  
    • (v): secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree"  
    • (v): allow to remain in a place or position; "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family''s fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the  
    • (v): hold within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"  

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