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noun [countable] retainer pronunciation in American English /rɪˈteɪnər/
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  1. 1
    a wire structure worn on the teeth at night to make them straighter
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  2. 2
    old-fashioned a servant, especially one who has worked for someone from a high social class for a long time
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  3. 3
    a payment made to someone such as a lawyer so that they will be available to do work for you when you want them

    We’ve put him on a retainer for the moment.

  4. 4
    British a reduced rent that you pay to keep your house, apartment, etc. when you are not living in it, so that you can live in it when you return


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