Part of speech: verb

To hold; keep.

Part of speech: verb

To engage beforehand, as a lawyer, by a fee.

Part of speech: adjective


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Usage examples "retain":

  1. We cannot but let the count retain them." - "Old Fritz and the New Era", 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", 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", Hans Christian Andersen.