Retain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |rɪˈteɪn|  American pronunciation of the word retain
Brit.  |rɪˈteɪn|  British pronunciation of the word retain


- hold back within
This soil retains water
I retain this drug for a long time
the dam retains the water
- allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature (syn: continue, keep, keep on)
She retains a lawyer
She retained her composure
this garment retains its shape even after many washings
- secure and keep for possible future use or application (syn: hold, hold back, keep back)
The landlord retained the security deposit
- keep in one's mind
I cannot retain so much information

Extra examples

A landlord may retain part of your deposit if you break the lease.

They insisted on retaining old customs.

You will retain your rights as a citizen.

The TV show has retained its popularity for many years.

The company's goal is to attract and retain good employees.

The team failed to retain him, and he became a free agent.

They have decided to retain a firm to conduct a survey.

You may need to retain an attorney.

The sea retains the sun's warmth longer than the land.

The Bank of England has taken further steps to retain control over the value of the pound.

I cannot retain these distinctions.

You have the right to retain possession of the goods.

The state wants to retain control of food imports.

A lot of information can be retained in your computer.

Limestone is known to retain moisture.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: retain
he/she/it: retains
present participle: retaining
past tense: retained
past participle: retained
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