retain

Definitions:

To hold or keep in possession; to detain; to keep back; to keep in pay; to engage by a fee paid.
- Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To hold or keep in possession; engage by a fee prepaid; as, to retain a lawyer; keep in mind.
- The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To hold or keep in possession; to keep; to keep back; to hold from escape; to keep in pay; to employ by a fee paid.
- Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874. (verb) (v.) (verb)
To keep in possession: to detain: to employ by a fee paid.
- The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)
To keep in possession or in service.
- The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894. (verb) (v. t.) (verb transitive)

Usage examples:

Hawksworth noticed that Queen Janahara was trying with great difficulty to retain her pleased expression.
- The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
The last of them founded a hospital for us; shall I go there and retain places for you?"
- A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 7 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by Fran├žois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
Then, Nicholas, if I retain my own, yours is of no value.
- Erema My Father's Sin by R. D. Blackmore