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verb [transitive] formal     retain pronunciation in American English
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present tense
present participleretaining
past tenseretained
past participleretained
  1. 1
    to keep someone or something

    These programs encourage the elderly to retain their independence.

    We’re trying to recruit and retain skilled staff.

    The U.S. expects to retain control over the operation.

  2. 2
    to remember ideas or information

    I will retain a lasting and fond memory of him.

  3. 3
    to employ a professional person such as a lawyer or doctor by paying an amount of money called a retainer before the work is done

    It will cost $2,500 to retain a good lawyer.

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a description of an economic or political situation based on analysis of information at the present time

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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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