retain - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] formal 

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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.

  2. 2
    to remember ideas or information

    I shall 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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