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Webster

English Word:

retain


English Pronunciation:

re•tain


Transitive Verb:


⇨Etymology

imperfect & past participle Retained; present participle & verbal noun Retaining.; (French) retainir, (Latin) retinere; prefix re- re- + tenere to hold, keep. See Tenable, and confer Rein of a bridle, Retention, Retinue.


⇨Definition

1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to retrain from departure, escape, or the like. "Thy shape invisibleretain." (Shakespeare) Be obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love entire. Milton. An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator. Blackstone.

2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor. A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense. Addison.

3. To restrain; to prevent. (obsolete) Sir (Welsh) Temple. Retaining wall (Architecture & Engineering), a wall built to keep any movable backing, or a bank of sand or earth, in its place; -- called also retain wall.



Intransitive Verb:


⇨Definition

1. To belong; to pertain. (obsolete) A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness. Boyle.

2. To keep; to continue; to remain. (obsolete) Donne.



Synonyms:

keep


See Keep.


hold


retrain


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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From French retenir, from Vulgar Latin *retinō, retinīre, from Latin retinō, retinere, from Latin re- + teneō, tenere (“to hold”)


Synonyms:

keep


Verb:

retain (third-person singular simple present retains, present participle retaining, simple past and past participle retained) (transitive) To keep in possession or use. Milton Be obedient, and retain / Unalterably firm his love entire. 1856: Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary, Part III Chapter XI, translated by Eleanor Marx-Aveling A strange thing was that Bovary, while continually thinking of Emma, was forgetting her. He grew desperate as he felt this image fading from his memory in spite of all efforts to retain it. Yet every night he dreamt of her; it was always the same dream. He drew near her, but when he was about to clasp her she fell into decay in his arms. 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess: The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, so that the actual structure which had come down to posterity retained the secret magic of a promise rather than the overpowering splendour of a great architectural achievement. (transitive) To keep in one's pay or service. Addison A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defence. (transitive) To employ by paying a retainer. (transitive) To hold secure. (obsolete) To restrain; to prevent. (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Temple to this entry?) (obsolete) To belong; to pertain. Boyle A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness.


Anagrams:

retina tin ear


Reference:

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