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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RETAINING

By retaining his own calm he saw that he kept a great advantage.

"A kleptomaniac," Smithson explained, retaining his manner of mild insistence.

They command us to assist and serve him in retaining his own.

A person about to give up his skin for the hope of retaining his bones.

I had a long argument with him over the question of retaining Hell.

Marianne and Mathieu shed tears while retaining Constance's hands in theirs.

He succeeded, however, in retaining them, and in disarming their fears.

Those in favor of retaining the present minister of this parish will rise.

Retaining it, he spoke, his eyes sombrely, wistfully considering her.

He sensed a slight advantage in retaining this knowledge himself.

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 RETAINING

reservation

nounthe act of holding something, or thing held for future use

reservations

nounthe act of holding something, or thing held for future use
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