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retain

[ ri-teyn ]SEE DEFINITION OF retain
  • verbhold on to physically or mentally
  • verbhire

Synonyms for retain

  • absorb
  • cling to
  • contain
  • enjoy
  • have
  • hold
  • keep
  • maintain
  • own
  • possess
  • preserve
  • recognize
  • clutch
  • detain
  • grasp
  • husband
  • memorize
  • mind
  • recall
  • recollect
  • remember
  • reminisce
  • reserve
  • restrain
  • retrospect
  • save
  • withhold
  • bear in mind
  • hand onto
  • hold fast
  • keep in mind
  • keep possession
  • put away
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Antonyms for retain

  • abandon
  • desert
  • disperse
  • dispossess
  • exclude
  • ignore
  • lack
  • let go
  • lose
  • miss
  • misunderstand
  • need
  • neglect
  • not have
  • release
  • want
  • disregard
  • forget
  • free
  • liberate
  • waste
  • fire
  • pass up
  • spend
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RETAIN

If a servant complained of being abused, his master had no power to retain him.

For the present, he could not do better than to retain his place in the factory.

To attempt to eliminate fear and retain this concept of God is vain.

We should help him to retain their affection and faithfulness.

If Cass had stolen the money it would never do to retain him in a position of trust.

My father I slightly remember; but of my mother I retain no distinct impressions.

At this time, my mother must have been dead; for of her I retain no recollection whatever.

Possibly should he retain her he could wring a handsome ransom from the white man.

The casing also serves to retain a certain amount of lubricant.

At his age, it was but natural that the praise of salons should retain all its sweetness.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RETAIN

defend

verbprotect

employing

verbgive money in exchange for work performed
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.
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