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

    These plans encourage the elderly to retain their independence.

    We're trying to recruit and retain skilled staff.

    The US expects to retain control over the operation.

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  2. 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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