Retain \Re*tain"\, v. i.
1. To belong; to pertain. [Obs.]
A somewhat languid relish, retaining to bitterness. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]
2. To keep; to continue; to remain. [Obs.]
--Donne. [1913 Webster]
Retain \Re*tain"\ (r[-e]*t[=a]n"), v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Retained (r[-e]*t[=a]nd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Retaining.]
[F. retainir, L. retinere; pref. re- re- + tenere to hold, keep. See Tenable, and cf. Rein of a bridle, Retention, Retinue.]
1. To continue to hold; to keep in possession; not to lose, part with, or dismiss; to restrain from departure, escape, or the like. "Thy shape invisible retain." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Be obedient, and retain Unalterably firm his love entire. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
An executor may retain a debt due to him from the testator. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]
2. To keep in pay; to employ by a preliminary fee paid; to hire; to engage; as, to retain a counselor. [1913 Webster]
A Benedictine convent has now retained the most learned father of their order to write in its defense. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
3. To restrain; to prevent. [Obs.]
--Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]
Syn: To keep; hold; restrain. See Keep. [1913 Webster]
1: hold back within; "This soil retains water"; "I retain this drug for a long time"; "the dam retains the water"
2: allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; "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 work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings" [syn: retain, continue, keep, keep on]
3: secure and keep for possible future use or application; "The landlord retained the security deposit"; "I reserve the right to disagree" [syn: retain, hold, keep back, hold back]
4: keep in one's mind; "I cannot retain so much information"
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