What does the word retain mean?

Usage examples for retain

  1. We cannot but let the count retain them." – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  2. The Governor's wife was allowed to retain her palace and servants; but all German women were kept strictly to their houses after six at night. – Sketches of the East Africa Campaign by Robert Valentine Dolbey
  3. These must be got out first; otherwise he will never go back to mankind, and the Snow Queen will retain her power over him." – Andersen's Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen